Contest Overview and Judge/SME Expectations

The following information is provided to event judges and SMEs for the First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge (UAS 4.0).

The contest begins on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Judges and SMEs must arrive between 7:15-7:45 am CST to check-in. The contest will begin promptly at 8:00 am. No contestants, judges, or SMEs will be permitted access to the facility prior to 7:15 am CST on May 2, 2023.

Judges and SMEs are required to attend a daily safety briefing from 8:00-8:30 am CST at the event location. Judges/SMEs may then remain at the event location and observe the varying events taking place. During observations, you may gather information for the best-in-class awards.

A dinner will be hosted at 5:00 pm CST on Thursday, May 4, 2023. It is encouraged for judges/SMEs to attend.

General Schedule

Contest Location

The contest will be held at Hangar 600 in the Salina Airport Industrial Park. Look for “Airport Event” banners and signs directing towards Hangar 600. Check-in is located on the north east building entrance.

GPS Address: 2720 Arnold Ave, Salina, KS 67401

Map Link

Driving Times from Area Airports:

  • Salina, KS: about 10 minutes, limited daily flights
  • Manhattan, KS: about 1 hour
  • Wichita, KS: about 1.5 hours
  • Kansas City, MO: about 2 hours


Parking is allowed in lots as identified on the image below. No parking pass is required.

Judge and SME Amenities

Judges and SMEs will have a designated lounge area to meet and work in the facility. All judges and SMEs will be provided with the location of the break area upon arrival. Water, coffee, and light snacks will be provided. Contestants are not permitted in this break area.

Wireless internet is available in the facility at no cost using the following login:

Account Name: KSU Guest – no password is required.

Security of items cannot be guaranteed. Contestants are encouraged to monitor and securely store any and all items. NIST, Capitol Consulting Corporation, Kansas State University, and the Salina Airport Authority are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

The smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes or burning tobacco in any other form or device, as well as the use of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, hookah or other water pipe devices and all other related devices, is prohibited on university property and in university owned vehicles.

Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact


During each day of the challenge, event staff will monitor voicemail’s to this line between 7 am and 7 pm.

Safety Plan

Facility and Contest Event Map