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Thursday, November 24, 2011

US$100.000 Prize in Open UAV Innovation Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) has started UAVForge, a crowdsourcing project to design, build and manufacture advanced small unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems. The goal of this project is to facilitate the exchange of ideas among a loosely connected international community united through common interests and inspired by innovation and creative thought.

Top teams will be invited to a competition fly-off where the winning team will receive a $100,000 prize, a subcontract with a manufacturer to produce a limited number of systems, and an invitation to demonstrate the winning UAV design solution in an exclusive operational military demonstration.
The UAV Challenge is guided by crowdsourcing. UAVForge provides teams with the virtual environment and tools necessary to collaborate independent of geographic location, education, profession, or experience. Individuals, ad hoc teams or any other formative organizations are encouraged to submit innovative ideas, designs, algorithms, materials, etc. where other members of the crowd can respond, vote, comment and contribute.

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