Volatus is back with its second annual edition, offering a one-of-a-kind national-level Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Design Challenge (UADC) to high schoolers across India, providing participants with much-needed exposure to a rather unexplored category of aerospace.

This year’s prompt will involve the delivery of a critical payload that is very time-sensitive. Your UAV will be put to the test as it will have to maneuver through the given requirements seamlessly. With a unique and challenging prompt that has never been seen before, the competition aims to bring out the best of the best.

Open to students from grades 8th to 12th, participants are welcome to delve deep into the intricacies of the aviation industry as they put on their thinking caps to prove their technological prowess, and provide the best and most-detailed solution possible to the problem posed.


16th Nov: Round 1 RFP is released*

21st Nov: Deadline for Round 1 Submission

23rd Nov: Results for Round 1 announced & Round 2 begins

25th Nov: Presentation Submission

27th Nov: Pitches and Final Judging

Eligibility to participate in the event: Grades 8-12

Number of participants per team for each school: 1-5

Number of teams from each school permitted: Unrestricted

*RFP has been released: https://celestecon.aeross.org/volatus-round-1

Background Guide: https://celestecon.aeross.org/volatus-guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) How to participate?

A) Interested participants should fill out the CelesteCon'22 Registration Form and should opt for Volatus in the form preferences.

Q) Can I/we still participate if I/we do not meet the participation criteria?

A) We're sorry, but we cannot provide exemptions to those who are above or below the grades the competition is open to.

Participants may however choose to participate independently provided they are aware that Volatus is primarily a team event.

Q) What technical depth are participants expected to go to?

A) Given that this is a high-school level competition, participants are expected to go above and beyond the basic technical understanding of the given prompt as much as possible. There is no real upper limit to the technical depth - we're open to all of it.

Q) Is having a CAD/3D Model a must?

A) While it isn't absolutely necessary, having illustrations and diagrams to visualise your model as the bare minimum are a definite must. However, we greatly recommend having a conceptual 3D model as it helps the judges to visualise your design, allowing for a better understanding of it.

Q) How will the submissions be accepted/what is the submission format?

A) All submissions will have to be sent to an email address that will be provided to participants.

Submissions will have to be in the form of a PDF (with a maximum of 40 pages), along with any accompanying illustrations (2D/3D) or supporting files having to be submitted separately. Please note that the main submission to be evaluated will only be the PDF turned in.

Q) Are re-submissions from other competitions accepted?

A) Unfortunately, Volatus does not accept re-submissions, be it from an external competition or another sub-event under CelesteCon. All work must be original and not plagiarised at all.

Q) Where do we ask our queries?

A) A Discord server for CelesteCon'22 has been made for the same. All teams and participants are requested to join the server, verify using their registration email, and to ask their queries in the specific doubts channel for Volatus.