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New University Contest 2013-2014

US Teams Only

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate: University Engineering Design Challenge

Design a High Altitude, Long Endurance Un-crewed Aerial System (UAS) that can be used to help track Hurricane development and movement. 

Download the complete set of technical requirements in pdf form.  Other requirements, including submission, format, ancillary material, student release forms, photos, etc. are in the pages linked in blue font above.

PDF file of technical details:

HALE UAV design challenge

Important Dates

NEW:  Letters of Intent will be accepted through March 1, 2014

Final Entries are due May 9, 2014.

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 2013 UAS Firefighting Challenge Winners

Purdue University, First Place

Honorable Mention

  • Boston University
  • California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona Campus
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Wisconsin

NASA UAS Summer Internship Recipients

  • Kyle Smalling, California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona Campus
  • Brock Harden and Coryn Mickelson, University of Kansas
  • Jennifer Hull and Matthew Mannebach, University of Wisconsin