Friday, November 8th, 2013
Steller Systems has been awarded “Judges’ Favourite” in the 2013 QinetiQ Industry Powerboat Challenge in Haslar. This annual competition challenges teams from across the industry to design and build its own radio-controlled model powerboat and race it around a course in QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin Facility. Steller Systems may be used to designing large ships, but it drew upon its naval architecture skills and experience to design, model and build a 700mm shallow-V planning hullform, dubbed the Sea B’Eagle.
The Sea B’Eagle was pitched against 12 other teams from some of the biggest companies in the marine industry. Sea B’Eagle took fourth position in the heats, before crashing out in the final race and ultimately coming in third place. However, Steller Systems’ design won “Judges’ Favourite”, which is awarded every year to the team judged to have displayed the greatest degree of innovation, the best engineered design and the most attractive livery.
See race highlights below: