Who we are
Team Bath Drones was founded in 2015 as a competitor for the IMechE UAS Challenge. Since then we have entered a new aircraft each year with great success. Each year we start from scratch, first as a paper design exercise in our 3rd year, and then as a voluntary team in our final years. Our expertise covers the complete design, manufacture and testing of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems.
2015 - Stingray
The first Team Bath Drones aircraft was Stingray, an autonomous blended wing body aircraft with a V-tail. With a top speed of 60kts, Stingray was able to quickly and accurately deliver humanitarian aid to autonomously identified targets over a range of 10 nautical miles.
2016 - Skyseeker
Skyseeker was a flying wing aircraft that competed in the IMechE UAS Challenge 2016. Designed with simplicity and aerodynamic efficiency in mind, Skyseeker was able to autonomously identify targets and deliver its payload accurately over great distances.
2017 - Artemis
Artemis featured steerable landing gear, multifunctional drag rudder/airbrakes, and a modular propulsion system. Its aerodynamic efficiency, intelligent control systems and lightweight structure allowed it to deliver its 2kg payload fully autonomously with incredible ease and speed, making it the Grand Champion at the IMechE UAS Challenge 2017, as well as taking home the Design and Innovation awards.
2018 - Icarus
Building on the success of Artemis, Icarus featured a twin-rotor design for yaw control and a dolly launch system. Increases in the structural and aerodynamic efficiencies meant that Icarus had a payload fraction of 100%, allowing it to carry a 3.5kg payload with ease. With these new design features, Icarus won the Innovation Award.
2019 - Caelus
Caelus was designed as a modular aircraft, equipped with two ducted fans for Vertical Take-Off & Landing and a canard for increased control. The fixed-wing variant was flown at the 2019 UAS Challenge completing a near-perfect flight. The advanced machine-learning vision system successfully identified targets on the ground for our first time ever.