Wednesday, September 29, 2010
First Place In the Outback Search and Rescue Challenge
It is official we took first place this year. We did nearly win the 50k but were not able to claim it as the bottle did not land within the specified 100 meters. We had a one in a million error with our drop arming that caused the bottle to drop prematurely. The bottle came to rest 551 meters from Outback Joe. Aside from that we were told by the judges our estimated position of Joe was 15 meters from his actual location. Thats within 50 feet which is pretty close. We still stand as the only team to have ever successfully launched a bird, flown to the search area, locate Joe, have clearance to drop, drop something, and return to the home base safely.