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NAWCAD hosts Unmanned Air Systems competition

Student groups prepare to launch hand-built autonomous aircraft during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) 16th annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) competition hosted by Naval Aircraft Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). (U.S. Navy photo)

Student groups prepare to launch hand-built autonomous aircraft during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) 16th annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) competition hosted by Naval Aircraft Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). (U.S. Navy photo)

Jun 18, 2018

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Rear Admiral Shane Gahagan, NAWCAD commander and assistant commander for research and engineering, watched students compete fixed wing and rotorcraft vehicles through physical and virtual obstacles stationed around a taxiway at Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) Webster Field at this year's AUVSI SUAS competition. (U.S. Navy photo)

Rear Admiral Shane Gahagan, NAWCAD commander and assistant commander for research and engineering, watched students compete fixed wing and rotorcraft ...

NAVAL AIR WARFARE COMMAND AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — NAWCAD recently hosted the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) 16th annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) competition at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) Webster Field in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

The competition challenges local, national and international student groups from grade school through college to create unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from the ground up, and compete against other teams. Competing groups must demonstrate their UAS performing autonomous missions contrived by AUVSI. This year’s mission was a simulated forest fire which required teams to drop water over the destination site. This year Canada’s Universite de Sherbrooke, Flint Hill School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University placed top three respectively. NAWCAD has hosted the event every year since inception in 2002.

“This event is a great opportunity for the best young minds in the world to showcase their work,” said Rear Adm. Shane Gahagan, NAWCAD commander and assistant commander for research and engineering, NAVAIR.

AUVSI has an educational partnership with NAWCAD and NAVAIR’s PEO (U&W) to encourage an international STEM community. Each year the organizations seek SUAS student competitors who have a passion for unmanned flight technology with the objective of developing the nation’s future UAS workforce.

NAWCAD provides the event space and employee volunteers to prepare the ground and air space, electrical grid and participate in judging. Many NAWCAD employees are former participants in the SUAS and members of AUVSI.

With facilities in Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida, NAWCAD supports the research and development, engineering, test and evaluation of all Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers.

For more information about NAWCAD, please go to www.navair.navy.mil or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MyNAWCAD/.

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