PSCR Manages UAS Flight, Payload Challenge
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 | Comments

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is managing the Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge. This design and engineering challenge was open to academia, solvers and developers to build a cost-effective, hardware prototype of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that increases flight time and payload for public-safety operations.

This challenge closed to submissions on Jan. 29 and will finish the week of May 20. The program will award cash prizes up to $320,000 in addition to travel funds to the top participants selected.

The advancement of UAS research will help search-and-rescue operations support payloads for wireless communications or other life-saving goods to save lives. PSCR recognizes that enhanced UAS design flight, and payload capabilities represent a tremendous opportunity to provide value to the nation’s first responders. PSCR will showcase research results at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Robotics Lab and the 2018 PSCR Stakeholder conference.

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