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Early Registration is open for the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 2:30pm 7 Comments

I just wanted to let everyone know that early registration is open for the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge. Please take a look at the web site ( to see the deadlines (early registration ends Nov 15), the new Team Agreement, and the revised rules.  You can sign up for the competition…


Update: NASA UAS Airspace Operations Challenge with $500k Prize Purse

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 6:39pm 11 Comments

Since I first posted here about this competition last October, we've been pretty busy.  NASA selected Development Projects Inc. (DPI) of Dayton, OH to be our partner and run the contest.  We've selected Camp Atterbury, Indiana (in the restricted airspace around Himsel Army Air Field) to be the location, and we're working on putting everything in place so we can stage…


New $500,000 UAS Competition Announced by NASA

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:52am 23 Comments

NASA has announced a new UAS contest that I think might interest people here. It is called the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge and it's being developed as part of NASA's Centennial Challenge Program. Our goal is to hold the competition in…


Collision of RC Plane and plane with with people in it...

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 1:30am 23 Comments

Last week in Colorado a 46% scale RC plane flying a demo at a charity event at a private airfield got clipped by a full scale biplane with two people in it. Apparently, the video has been taken down from Youtube but there is a short article and a copy of the video over on Jalopnik (I have attempted to embed the video above). You should probably watch the… Continue

Commercial Quadrotor Recommendations?

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 9:24am 10 Comments

I am setting up a lab this summer for some student research that will be similar in most ways to this one at MIT:

I would like to buy 6-8 commercially available trirotor or quadrotor helicopters in the $1000 - $1500 price range that would be similar in capabilities to the old Draganflyer V Ti. I've looked around and I would be very happy using Parrot AR Drones, but they have not set a date for releasing them or published a… Continue

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