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UV Bengawan to join two national competitions


IO, Surakarta – After successfully achieving second place and esteem for the best program of an unmanned vehicle in 2018, the Unmanned Vehicle (UV) Bengawan Team of Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta is ready to compete in two national competitions in 2019: the 2019 Indonesian Flying Robot Competition (KRTI) at the airport of Indonesian National Military (TNI) Al Grati, Pasuruan, on 1 to 5 of October 2019 and the 2019 Unmanned Fast Ship Competition in Sengkaling, Malang on 10 to 13 of October 2019. This preparation was marked by the launching of Flying Robot and Unnamed Ship prototypes and the releasing of UV Bengawan Team, before the dr. Prakosa building. 

Billy Yansa Latif Imamah, the team manager, stated that the contests are two prestigious national competitions that have tough selection processes before becoming finalists. “There are a lot of registrants and we successfully became the finalist. In KTRI, we will join 3 categories which are Vehicle Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) to drop and take things based on specific location, Racing Vehicle, and Plane for Mapping and Monitoring,” Billy explained to the media. 

Meanwhile, for the Fast Ship Competition, the team will join three categories as well, one of which is Electric Boat. Billy added that there would be some maintenance carried out by the team in order to win the competition. “Our target this year is to become the champion; thus maintenance and renovated strategy is required. For instance, the maintenance for the body and ship dimension and raising the speed. In the last year it could operate for 15 t0 20 minutes; then, this year (it) was upgraded until 30 minutes of operation,” he added. 

The Rector of UNS, Prof. Jamal Wiwoho shared advice while reminding the team that the students should keep innovating through various creations and competition. “Students should create many innovations, especially in such competitions. If in 2017 we achieved the best newcomer, in 2018 the best program and the second-place winner; this year we should be the champion. I entrust this competition to you,” Prof. Jamal mentioned. 

What’s more, the competition will include a media evaluation and consideration of the team for the following two international contests in 2020. “Next year, there will be two international competitions that we want to join. They are in Turkey and a Robot Boat competition in Florida, America. If the result of this competition is good and satisfying, we are ready to join those international competitions and keep making innovations in the era of 4.0,” Billy stated. (*/est) 


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