The AUVSI SUAS Competition is designed to foster interest in Unmanned Aerial
Systems (UAS), stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and to engage
students in a challenging UAS mission. The competition requires students to design,
integrate, report on, and demonstrate a UAS capable of autonomous flight and
navigation, remote sensing via onboard payload sensors, and execution of a specific
set of tasks. The competition has been held annually since 2002.
The competition is held at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NAS) Webster Field
in St. Mary's County, Maryland. This is the site of the UAS Test and Evaluation
Autonomous Aerial Missions. The competition focuses on Unmanned Aerial
Systems (UAS) performing autonomous missions. Many of the tasks require
autonomy to be eligible, and others receive more points for autonomy.
Competition Components. The competition has 3 major graded components: a
Technical Journal Paper which describes the systems engineering approach and the
UAS design, a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) where teams describe their mission
readiness and what testing gives them confidence, and a Mission Demonstration
where the team is evaluated on performance.
Mission Tasks. The competition has a series of tasks that should be completed by
the UAS system built. The competition changes these tasks year-to- year to reflect
the forefront of the UAS industry. The tasks are joined to form a simulated real-world