The UGM’s flying robot team, GAMAFORCE, successfully defended their general champion title in the 2023 Indonesian Flying Robot Competition (KRTI), which took place from September 22 to 27, 2023, in Lampung.
GAMAFORCE secured the overall champion title by dominating the medal tally with four gold medals, two silver medals, and one honorable mention.
“With this victory, GAMAFORCE has become the competition’s overall champion for the seventh time since 2015,” said GAMAFORCE Chair Yonathan Destianto during a press conference at UGM on Friday, September 28.
Destianto explained that the team previously won the overall champion title in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2023.
GAMAFORCE sent nine uncrewed aerial vehicles to Lampung for this year’s competition. Eighty-seven members of GAMAFORCE were divided into four sub-teams: Rasayana, Fiachra Aeromaper, Gadjah Mada Fighting Copter, and Khageswara Technology Development.
“These four sub-teams competed in nine categories; seven of them won titles,” Destianto explained.
The Fiachra Aeromaper sub-team secured a gold medal in the fixed-wing category. The Khageswara Technology Development team earned three gold medals in the Propulsion System Propeller, Ground Control Station, and Technology Development Flight Controller categories.
Furthermore, Rasayana won a silver medal in the racing plane category, and Khageswara Technology Development received a silver medal in the Technology Development Propulsion System Prime Mover category.
Khageswara Technology Development was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the Technology Development Electronic Speed Controller category.
“Our hope for the future is to continue defending the KRTI overall champion title. Beyond that, we aim for all the uncrewed aircraft developed to benefit society,” he added.
Dr. Andi Dharmawan, the Coordinator of GAMAFORCE Supervising Lecturers, expressed that this success is not just a number but proof that UGM, through GAMAFORCE, can continuously work hard and remain highly dedicated.
“We are grateful for the unwavering support and spirit from various parties. We will continue to strive to maintain this achievement and inspire the next generation. Happy flying,” he said.
The UGM Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Community Service, and Alumni, Dr. Arie Sujito, praised GAMAFORCE’s national-level flying robot competition achievements. He stated that these accomplishments result from hard work, continuity, commitment, and teamwork within the team.
“UGM is proud of GAMAFORCE’s achievements. This work will undoubtedly benefit them, UGM, and hopefully, it will further strengthen technology for the nation’s benefit,” he explained.
The vice-rector hoped that GAMAFORCE’s success would inspire other UGM students to continue being creative and intelligent, both academically and socially.
UGM, through the Directorate of Student Affairs, is committed to supporting and facilitating students in developing creativity, innovation, and intellectual reasoning through various activities, including competitions and student organizations.