Well done to the Ardupilot team, fourteen out of the top twenty finalists in the AUVSI Student UAS competition, were running Ardupilot. Positions one to six taken by the OpenSource autopilot.
Only one commercial autopilot, the Piccolo made it into the top 20 at number 8. How things change!
The 2017 SUAS Competition was held June 14th to 17th, 2017. A total of 59 international teams competed, 55 submitted Technical Design papers, 47 presented Flight Readiness Reviews (FRR), 42 teams attended, and 38 were able to get airborne. A total of $62,250 was awarded to teams. This was the first year to have no RF frequency management by the judges, FRR videos submitted to YouTube, and electronic-only scoring of detected objects.
|University & Team||Awards|
|Universite de Sherbrooke
Best Mission Demonstration
Best Technical Design
|Technion Israel Institute of Technology
Best Flight Readiness Review
|Istanbul Technical University
ITUNOM Unmanned Air Vehicles
|Best Rotary Wing Award|
|Flint Hill School
|Best High School Award|
|North Carolina State University
Aerial Robotics Club of NC State
|Just Joe Sportsmanship Award|
|The University of Texas at Austin
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team
|Cyber Security Award|
|University of Maryland College Park
|Dr. Arthur Reyes Safety Award|
|Norfolk State University
|Dawn Jaeger Tenacity Award|