Sheffield student engineers take on drone design challenge

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Student engineers from Sheffield’s two universities are taking on a challenge to design and build unmanned drone aircraft - which would be used to save lives.

Drones mean death to most people - but a competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers seeks to produce a system to be used on humanitarian aid missions.

The finished drones must be ready for demonstration flights by next July at the Yorkshire Air Museum near York.

They will be capable of being used in disaster relief situations to transport medicines and vaccines, to retrieve medical samples and get in and out of remote or otherwise inaccessible regions.

They could also collect information from an affected area and help build a picture of a disaster situation.