|MoD Grand Challenge Finale: Part 2||- Finale 2|
An "IED": actually a plastic box, in this instance under a staircase, with a command wire running from it...
Joe Barnard and Marcel King preparing the stand
Above: Joe makes a point while Ken holds the helicopter aloft...
The Red Arrows do a fly by...
The accommodation was basic, but free!
No chance of us seeing this "IED" (actually a plastic box) from an aerial photograph. The need to compliment our search with an agile ground vehicle became clear...
We did spot this sniper on the top of a building
but not this one due to the overhanging roof
No chance of us seeing this "IED" (another plastic box) in the pipe using aerial photography alone...
This "IED" (ringed in yellow) was difficult to see in the rubble from 400 feet above ground level... To detect these targets, one needs to compliment "high" altitude photography with photography at a lower altitude.
Above and below: difficult targets to detect from aerial imagery alone, further emphasising the need to also employ agile ground vehicles.
Above and below: we did spot these and a few others from the air...
Chris Burgess of Team Mindsheet, a finalist in the MoD Grand Challenge, explaining the features of the agile Minsheet ground vehicle to Vicky Butler-Henderson, with Raglan Tribe, the Team Mindsheet Leader, looking on. This ground vehicle had a pan, tilt and zoom camera with a 30x zoom capability and a wireless link to the Forward Operating Base. See www.mindsheet.com for more information.
Raglan Tribe with a Team Mindsheet agile road vehicle.
Marcel explains the operation of our all-weather Delta Wing aircraft that we did not need to use on the day.
Dennis holds the Delta WIng plane ready for take off, with Marcel at the controls, at a test range near Copehill Down
No problems flying and taking photographs in the windy conditions at the test range.
Marcel replacing the 5,350 mAh, 6S (22 Volt) LiPo batteries for a second flight. With the camera flap open, you can see the Canon G9 camera lens protruding just behind the wheels.
Ready for the second test flight...
The Delta Wing aircraft could zip along at a phenomenal speed (estimated to be over 80 mph), had a very low stall speed (estimated to be less than 10 mph) and could glide very quietly with the electric motor turned off...
Aerial photograph taken of us on the ground using a Canon G9 camera in the Delta Wing aircraft.
These items were easily spotted using our Delta Wing aircraft.