Hello, from Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association
The site administrator for www.uavforge.net contacted Robotic Industries Association with details about the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition offered by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic). With so much growth in social networking, it was suggested that individuals interacting with our online community might be interested.
According to the information we received, “The ‘UAVForge challenge’ uses crowdsourcing to build small UAVs through an exchange of ideas and design practices. The goal is to build and test a user-intuitive, backpack-portable UAV that can quietly fly in and out of critical environments to conduct sustained surveillance for up to three hours.”
The grand prize is $100,000 and the winning team is given an opportunity to demonstrate its design in a military exercise. The UAV must be suitable for transport by backpack and able to sustain surveillance for up to three hours.
Sponsors of the competition believe that “to be successful we need innovators of every kind; scientists, engineers, citizen scientists and dreamers to collaborate and compete.”
If you visit the site, you’ll find a mix of content and a wide range of examples of technology for drones and other autonomous flying machines. It is quite a mashup of concepts and videos.