A group of M.I.T. students turned out to be no match for the University of Manitoba.
Some U of M students entered a military-sponsored international robot plane competition in Maryland, and beat 17 other schools, including M.I.T., Cornell, and a university from Istanbul.
The Manitoban team took first place overall, and first place in the flight category.
The purpose of the flying portion of the contest was to create a unmanned aircraft to be launced by radio control, which would switch into autonomous control once in flight and be guided by a computer.
The Manitoban plane completed its flight without any human control, including takeoff and landing.
The students were awarded $5,000 for their efforts.
CJOB’s Brett Megarry reporting.