A team of students from Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science won second place and $1,500 in a national aerial drone design and flying contest held recently in Muncie, Ind.
The “QuadDragons” Drone Team coached by Albert Gallo and Will Chesher competed in the UAS4STEM’s Search and Rescue national competition held at the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Sato team members are Tasha Adler, Alexis Salazar, Youliana Boutros, Stephen Salazar and Henry Samala.
The competition involves high school students completing a waypoint and payload delivery mission using a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS). In addition to building the sUAS, teams designed and built a delivery mechanism to support a designated payload.
To support the mission, teams had to write special instructions for departure and arrival procedures, and remain within an assigned airspace. The drone also performed a search of an area for items of interest and was capable of delivering items to this area by dropping them from an altitude of 40 feet.
Sato qualified for the nationals by taking first place in the California regionals for the third year in a row. The school celebrated its first graduating class in June.