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NIST PSCR UAS Endurance Challenge Final Results & Recap

The final results and a recap of NIST PSCR's 2020 UAS Endurance Challenge competition.

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    what these teams have accomplished in

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    this competition is that they have

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    pushed the boundaries of what is

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    possible for a drone hosting mission

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    critical communications for public

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    safety we can now build upon what they

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    have done to better our research here at

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    pscr

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    public safety has to be able to respond

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    to an event regardless of where it

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    occurs whether it's in your town or it's

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    the middle of a fire ground situation

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    where there's no cellular network or a

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    post-katrina disaster type of event

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    where cellular networks have been

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    knocked down pscr does research around

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    being able to deploy those networks

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    wherever public safety might need them

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    and

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    this particular challenge is looking at

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    the ability to deploy an aerial vehicle

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    to fly a network and provide coverage

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    wherever public safety is responding to

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    we held a challenge in 2018 to first see

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    how long we could actually hold a

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    vehicle in the air for our cellular

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    network and the longest flight time we

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    received at that time was 18 minutes we

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    knew we could do better and so the

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    second challenge was focused around

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    whether or not we could improve on all

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    the capabilities that we saw developed

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    in that first challenge we had over 40

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    teams enter we have five teams come out

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    at the end and the longest flight time

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    we saw on this second challenge was 112

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    minutes that is an incredible increase

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    from that first 18 minutes that we saw

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    back in 2018 and we're so happy with the

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    outcome i'm here talking today about our

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    solution for a first responder team in

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    need of unmanned aerial system in the

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    scenario of a search and rescue mission

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    the key value proposition of this

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    aircraft again is to enable first

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    responders to do their job better

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    what the uas industry really needs is a

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    safe reliable economical and highly

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    deployable solution when needed the main

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    thing this competition has done is it's

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    really pushed us so we built this

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    project in a few months it was an

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    endeavor from the ground up

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    it is a twin cylinder engine with a

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    twin spark

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    plug configuration

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    some of the major components of our

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    system is the engine which costs around

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    340

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    and the rotor assembly which consists of

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    main rotor and tailload assembly you

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    know we've got it all set up to run a 10

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    pound payload designed to

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    service a area that's had natural

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    disaster and you can just blast down

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    cellular coverage over an area specific

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    components that also support the search

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    and rescue mission

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    include a gimbal camera that allows for

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    feature tracking

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    which would make the job of a first

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    responder tracking a human on the ground

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    easier it means they can observe that

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    house fire during the whole time of

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    fighting the fire instead of only 20

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    minutes at a time the net result is the

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    first responders can respond to and

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    address that emergency more quickly and

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    efficiently

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    i want to thank

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    all of the teams and all of the first

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    responders who helped us along the way

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    to make this challenge a success we

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    can't do this without you your passion

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    and your contributions are

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    immeasurable to us and we

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    truly appreciate it so thanks to

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    everybody

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    and we thank you nist for allowing us to

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    compete and to be at this stage that we

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    are with you all and thank you for asu

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    as well it's really given us an

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    opportunity to do something that we

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    probably wouldn't have done without the

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    opportunity to be a part of this

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    challenge so thank you very much to the

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    nist team and it's been wonderful

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    working with you all

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