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UTA 10th at SUAS Competition

Monday, August 19, 2013

Engineering students Hakki Erhan Sevil, Onur Daskiran, Jonathan Efringer and Hasintha Amaranayake, along with faculty advisor Brian Huff, travelled to Patuxent River Naval Air Station at Webster Field, Maryland, for the 2013 Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition. 

UTA's SUAS plane

The competition requires teams to create an unmanned system capable of conducting air operations which includes autonomous flight, navigation of a specified course, and use of onboard payload sensors.

UTA finished 10th of 35 teams, bringing home $700 for their accomplishments. The team had one of the quickest completion times, and landed its aerial vehicle within six inches of the target.

Cornell University took the top prize. The top finishers were:

1st Place-Cornell
2nd Place -North Carolina State
3rd Place-Kansas State
4th Place-Embry-Riddle Aero U., FL (An Drone)
5th Place-Embry-Riddle Aero U., AZ (Awesome)
6th Place-Delhi Technological University (India)

According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the SUAS Competition is aimed at stimulating and fostering interest in unmanned air systems, technologies and careers, focuses on engaging students in a challenging mission. It requires the design, integration, and demonstration of a system capable of conducting air operations which includes autonomous flight, navigation of a specified course, and use of onboard payload sensors. The event has been held annually since 2002.

 

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