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Published October 04, 2010, 10:04 PM

UND Team Wins First Place at UAV Challenge in Australia

A group of UND students say coming home from another country in first place feels pretty good.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A group of University of North Dakota students say coming home from another country in first place feels pretty good.

After winning the UAV Outback Challenge in Australia, UND's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering group is back.

11 teams from three countries competed in the challenge which uses a dummy to represented a stranded driver.

The goal is for one of the team's unmanned planes to find the dummy.

Though finding the dummy's GPS coordinates and coming in first was an honor, just making it past the competition's criteria of rules and regulations made them feel like winners.

"As our airplane left our visual site as it traversed almost five miles from our control center. I thought we had succeeded," said William Semke, the Co-Director for the UAS Engineering Lab at UND.

Semke said they are the first group in four years of the challenge to actually find the dummy.

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