The five teams that made it past the qualifying did better than ever this year, but nobody won the $50,000 prize.
"No team completed the mission with total success; however, the team from the University of North Dakota came within range of the mannequin, but the UAV failed when it dropped its water bottle payload too early.
The North Dakota team was awarded a $15,000 "encouragement prize" for its efforts in locating the downed mannequin.
Another US team made it into the vicinity of the mannequin, thwarted only by a technical fault that saw the UAV abort its mission and return to base."
From another news report, Team Robota, the winner of the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition, came very close, too:
"The Robota team, also from the US, made it into the area in which Joe was located before a communications failure saw their UAV abort its mission - they won $5000."
The first video from Joes position is now out