VFS announces $5,000 in prizes for new VTOL drone competition.
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the details of the inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. This electric-powered remote-control vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) competition seeks to encourage interest in unmanned aircraft technology, and small air vehicle design and fabrication. The competition is designed to develop hands-on skills and familiarization with electric VTOL and urban air mobility (UAM) technology at the university student level and prepare the next generation of engineers and leaders to push the limits of this exciting technology into the future.
The inaugural DBVF competition is the successor to the annual VFS Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Competition. The highly successful MAV competitions began in 2013 and expanded over eight years from a 1.1 lb (500 g) gross weight to 3 lb (1.4 kg), with increasingly challenging levels of mission complexity.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the platinum sponsor and the host for the first DBVF competition. The flyoff competition will be held at ARL's Robotics Research Collaboration Campus (R2C2) at Graces Quarters in Maryland on April 16–17, 2021.
The general aircraft requirements are restricted to the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Group 1,...