The PolyU AAE student team won the ASM Technology Outstanding Award 2021. The team members include CHU Yau Hei, HO Chun Leung and LEE Yoon Jo, supervised by Dr Li Boyang. The title of their project is “Development of a Solar-Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Sustainable Flight”.
To promote technological innovation in Hong Kong, ASM Technology Award proposes encouraging the growth of potential young engineers. Each year, five established local institutions, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and The University of Hong Kong, are invited to join the Competition by nominating two outstanding engineering Final Year Projects (FYP). This year, the nominated teams have made their impressive presentations on 30 June 2021. AAE team got the Outstanding award and HK$5,000 as a scholarship.
During the final year project, the team has successfully modified a model glider into a solar-powered unmanned air vehicle with autonomous flight capability. After the field flight tests at Hong Kong Model Engineering Club (HKMEC), they showed that the solar-power system could provide 20% extended endurance. The team also published their work at the MDPI Drones journal. Our Department is proud of the outstanding performance of the PolyU AAE student team.