Introducing the AeroConnect Challenge™

10/21/2019 1:21:04 PM   AutoDrive Challenge(TM) Year 3 Competition

Attention Collegiate Design Series Teams,

SAE’s Pre-Professional Development department is proud to introduce the AeroConnect Challenge™. This is a new challenge area that focuses heavily on students in computer science and aviation engineering departments who will be challenged to design and present a technically capable and affordable UAV system to meet the needs of a mission. For the purposes of this challenge, "UAV system" shall be defined as: Two or more UAVs, any required Ground Elements including launch & recovery element, ground support equipment, and transportation for the system . Registration is now open!

Wildfires are expected to once again impact California in 2020, and local authorities are looking for new rapidly deployable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems to support the fire-fighting mission. The primary missions of the UAV system shall be:
• Fire Detection, Imaging, and Tracking: The UAV system shall be capable of monitoring an area for new fires, provide imagery of on-going fires, and tracking of fire progression.
• Fire Suppression Aircraft Routing: Once a fire system is identified, the UAV system shall be capable of generating optimal routes for fire suppression aircraft into and out of the fire zone and disseminating those routes back to the ground station. Routes should ensure aircraft separation for ingress and egress of the fire suppression aircraft, as well as separation from any UAV traffic.
• Persistent Communications Node: Communication within a fire zone is critical, and lives have been lost due to communication failure. Standard Land Mobile Radios (LMR) work on Line-of-Sight, which can be a challenge in a mountainous fire zone. The UAV system shall serve as a persistent communications relay for LMRs in the VHF and UHF frequency ranges.

Official Rules can be found here under the Series Resources Tab