2008 AUVSI UAS Student Competition

The Sixth Annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition was held on June 18-22, 2008 (see competition website).

There hasn't been much buzz generated on the internet about the competition. However, one of the local Maryland newspapers has covered it.

Student engineers send creations into aerial competition Webster Field hosts UAV contest
Students representing 16 colleges and universities gathered at Webster Field last week for the sixth annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International unmanned aerial systems competition. Joe Brannan, the competition’s director, said this year’s teams were among the best he’s seen since the event began in 2003.

‘‘Both of the first two top finishing teams” in this year’s event, Brannan said, ‘‘were significantly better than I’ve ever seen” in past events.

NAVAIR’s Program Executive Office-Weapons and AUVSI’s local Seafarers chapter co-host the annual competition.

‘‘Northrop Grumman is our biggest supporter, with $10,000,” said Brannan, ‘‘with Boeing, Lockheed, The Patuxent Partnership and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab each contributing $5,000.” More than a dozen other defense contractors also support the annual competition financially. This year’s competing teams were awarded a total of $44,850 in prize money.

The college competitors must design and build an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be programmed to fly autonomously for a specified time over a specified area and, while airborne, locate and photograph targets on the ground below. When the aircraft lands, the digital information it captured during the flight is downloaded and analyzed.
See SoMdNews.Com for more.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2008 at 9:06pm
Weird how little news there is about this. The competition website doesn't list the winning teams (indeed, the most recent "news" on that site is from 2006), and as far as I can tell none of the teams blogged about it. I hear it's considered too hard for students, but that doesn't explain why nobody amongst the contestants or organizers seems to have been excited enough about it to post publicly.

Or is there some team website that didn't show up in my Google search?


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