UAS 2.0 (2020-2021)
The First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge
Imagine a scenario where a citizen is lost in the desert. The existing Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) only covers 5% of the search area because of the local topography. A team of first responders deployed to the incident area need to rely on your UAS to carry wireless communications equipment that can be deployed quickly and support emergency response teams in the area.
The result of this Challenge was to expand current drone capabilities (i.e., vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), accuracy, stability, safety), payload management, and flight endurance to support SAR operations and other public safety missions of similar need.
Total Prize Amount: $455,000