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PLEASE JOIN US AS OUR HONORED GUEST

Join the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division, Kansas State University and Mississippi State University for the final live event in the First Responder Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Triple Challenge’s 3.1: FastFind and 3.2: LifeLink competitions.

JOIN US!
JUNE 20 - JUNE 23

at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest,
1401 St Mark Dr, Starkville, MS

The exact schedule of contestant flights is subject to change.

  • UAS Challenge 3.1 (image detection): June 20, 1 p.m. - June 21, 3 p.m.

  • UAS Challenge 3.2 (data relay): June 22, 1 p.m. - June 23, 11 a.m.

  • NIST sUAS Test Lane Scenarios (on-site for pilot credentialing):  June 21-23, more details below.

INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?

RSVP to Bayleigh Smith, smithbay@k-state.edu, with your name, phone number and which days you plan to attend. 

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LEARN HOW TO
EVALUATE YOUR AIRCRAFT CAPABILITIES &
REMOTE PILOT PROFICIENCY

NIST sUAS Test Lanes & Scenarios presented by DRONERESPONDERS

NIST has developed a series of tests for sUAS that can be used to objectively evaluate drone capabilities and remote pilot proficiency. The test lanes apply to open, obstructed and confined environments, and are scalable to evaluate sensors from various altitudes.

Pilots of all skill levels are welcome to fly the test lanes and related scenarios.

TO PARTICIPATE

• View the one-hour tutorial and complete the online training through the FAA Safety Team website prior to arrival at the event.

• Bring your own drone; must be commercial VTOL aircraft weighing under 10 lbs.

• Bring proof of FAA Part 107 remote pilot license

• No fees to participate, prizes will be awarded for completion of tests and high scores

Anyone attending the challenge event will have the opportunity to test their skills and adopt the program. Credentialing of Basic Proficiency for Remote Pilots will be available through the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA) for an additional fee of $25.00 for APSA members, or $75.00 for non-APSA members.

WATCH A SAMPLE OF THE TEST LANE

 

 

 

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

Contact Bayleigh Smith, smithbay@k-state.edu,

with your name, phone number, and the day you wish to test your drone skills. Further instruction will be e-mailed to you.

 
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ABOUT THE CHALLENGES

The First Responder UAS Triple Challenge is an exciting head-to-head UAS competition with awards totaling $720K. Through this challenge, NIST PSCR seeks to advance UAS technology to benefit first responder search and rescue (SAR) operations. The challenge asks UAS experts to create and build a UAS prototype to address three different objectives:

  • UAS 3.1: FastFind – to help a SAR team locate multiple missing persons in a thick forested area by improving image detection and enhancing navigation techniques to “close the distance” more quickly and efficiently.

  • UAS 3.2: LifeLink – to innovate a cost-effective, easily deployable UAS that provides continuous IP connectivity to first responders dispersed in a thick forested area with degraded cellular coverage. 

  • UAS 3.3: Shields Up! (concluded in April 2022) – advance cybersecurity techniques to prevent mission failure of UAS navigation and control by identifying threats and countermeasures in UAS open-source or newly developed software.

ABOUT NIST PSCR

NIST PSCR established the Innovation Accelerator to spearhead the research that supports the development and deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). PSCR’s Open Innovation team engages public safety entities, government, academia, and industry to identify innovation opportunities and foster technology advancements for public safety communications through prize competitions and challenges.

NEW UAS 4.0 CHALLENGE!

Launching May 2022! The First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge (UAS 4.0) seeks UAS experts to develop affordable drone technology that will help first responders entering a compromised structure safer and with improved situational awareness. For a chance to win up to $685,000 in total prizes, learn more and sign up at firstresponderuaschallenge.org/uas4!