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Student UAS (SUAS) Competition
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The Seafarer Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
continues the Student UAS (SUAS) Competition aimed at stimulating and fostering interest in
unmanned systems, technologies, and careers. The focus is on engaging students in systems
engineeringatotalsolutiontoachallengingmission,requiringtheanalysis,design,fabrication
anddemonstrationofasystemcapableofcompletingspecificautonomousaerialoperations.

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Table of Contents
TableofContents...........................................................................................................................................i
1. ConceptofOperations(CONOPS).........................................................................................................1
2. Introduction..........................................................................................................................................2
3. Schedule................................................................................................................................................3
4. MajorElementsoftheCompetition(ChronologicalOrder).................................................................4
5. SystemRequirements.........................................................................................................................11
6. FlightMissionDemonstrationRequirements.....................................................................................16
7. DescriptionofMissionTasks...............................................................................................................21
8. ScoringMetricsforGradedElements.................................................................................................33
9. SafetyRegulations...............................................................................................................................37
10. CompetitionClauses.......................................................................................................................41
11. AppendixA:ApplicationForm........................................................................................................A1
12. AppendixB:FactSheetFormat.......................................................................................................B1
13. AppendixC:FlightReadinessReview(FRR)Rubric.........................................................................C1
14. AppendixD:MapofCompetitionfrom2010SUAS(ExampleOnly)...............................................D1
15. AppendixE:ElectronicTargetDataFormat....................................................................................E1
16. AppendixF:TargetScoreSheet(Example).....................................................................................F1
17. AppendixG:RadioFrequencyManagementPackages.................................................................G1
18. AppendixH:SRICDetails................................................................................................................H1
19. AppendixI:NoticeofRisk;DisclaimerofLiability;WaiverofClaimsForm.....................................I1

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1. Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
1.1. Ahugeforestfireraginginthesteep,ruggedforestsofsouthcentralIdahohasalready
swollentomorethan100,000acresandcontinuestogrowduetohighwinds.Over1,000
firefighters,fromacrossthecountry,arecurrentlyfightingthestubborn,10dayoldblaze,
whichcontinuestothreatenoneoftheWest'smostpopularrecreationareas.
Approximately2,500residences,fromnearbyisolatedresidentialcommunities,havebeen
evacuated,whileothersfromneighboringcommunitiesremainunderapreevacuation
warning.ForestServicecrews,coupledwithlocalfiredepartmentsandprivatecrews
hiredbyinsurersandhomeowners,battleboththemainblazeandspotfires,inaneffort
protecthomesfrombeingconsumed.
1.2. TheU.S.ForestServicehasrequestedintelligence,surveillanceandreconnaissance(ISR)
supportusingUnmannedAircraftSystems(UAS)fromtheNationalGuard.TheU.S.Forest
Servicestatedthattheaircraft"willidentifywherefireactivityislocatedandhowitis
moving,whichwillimprovetheoddstoprotectlife,property,andnaturalresources."A
spokesmanfortheState'sfireagencynotedthatthemilitaryUASisbeingtaskedforits
mostsignificantfirefightingtesttodateandwillprovidecommanderswithrealtime
imagesandinformationonfireactivitynearfirefightersandresidents.Thepossibility
existsthattheseUASsmaybeuniquelyequippedtoairdropreliefsuppliestofirefighters
caughtbehindthemassivefireline."Becausethefireissolarge...we'rehopingthatnew
technologywillallowustobetterdeployourresourcestosavelives,''hesaid.
1.3. Thefirefightersbattlingtheblazeareaidedbyretardantdroppinghelicoptersandtanker
airplanes.TheUASwillassistfirefightersbyshoulderingtheburdennormallycarriedout
bylargermannedhelicopters,whichmustberefueledeverytwohours.''TheUASis
providingdatadirectlybacktotheincidentcommander,allowingforquickdecisions
regardingwhichresourcestodeployandwhere,''thespokesmansaid.Officialswere
carefultopointoutthattheimagesarebeingusedtoaidfirecontainmentefforts.
Outsidethefirearea,theUASwillflyanarrowandrestrictedflightpath,monitoredby
StateOfficials.
1.4. Yourteamhasbeencalledupontoproviderapidresponse,viaanUAS,thatcansupport
thisISRmission;whichmayevolveintoaSearchandRescue(SAR)mission.Inorderto
supportthismission,yourUASmustcomplywithSpecialInstructions(SPINS)fordeparture
andarrivalprocedures,andthenremainwithinassignedairspace.Itwillbetaskedto
searchanareaforitemsofinterestand,ifrequested,toconductpointreconnaissance.
ImmediateISRretaskingmayberequiredoutsidecurrentlyassignedairspace,causingthe
UASoperatorstoexecutedeviationstotheflightplan.
1.5. Additionally,UASsoutfittedwithimprovedcommunicationsystemswillbemorecapable
ofachievinghigherlevelsofavailabilitywhichthismissionmaydemand.IftheUASis
outfittedtosupportSimulatedRemoteInformationCenter(SRIC)messages,itwillbe
capableofreceivingvitalmessagesthatcouldprovidelastknownlocationsoffirefighters
inlifethreateningsituations.UASsoutfittedwiththermalimagingsensorswillbeinhigh
demandtolocateandtrackfirefighterspositions.ThefewUASthatcanalsoaccurately
deliverretardantorwaterwheredirected,havethehighestprobabilityofactuallysaving
trappedpersonnel.
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2. Introduction
2.1. THRUST
2.1.1. TheprincipalthrustoftheStudentUAS(SUAS)competitionisthesafe
applicationandexecutionofSystemsEngineeringprinciplestodevelopand
operateanautonomousUAStosuccessfullyaccomplishthemissiontasks.
2.2. GRADEDELEMENTS
2.2.1. Thegradedelementsofthiscompetitionare:
2.2.1.1. TechnicalJournalPaper(20pagelimit)
2.2.1.2. OralBriefingofaFlightReadinessReview(FRR)
2.2.1.3. FlightMissionDemonstration
2.3. OPPORTUNITIES
2.3.1. Studentteamswillbejudgedbasedontheirperformanceandthatoftheir
system,andtopteamsmayearnprizemoneyinavarietyofcategories.
OpportunitiesforinteractionwithUASengineers,scientistsandleadershipwill
beprovided.
2.4. RULES
2.4.1. TheSUAScompetitionwillbebaseduponthecompetitionrulesoutlinedwithin
thisdocumentcontainingadministrativeandperformanceobjectives.These
rulesareaimedatacollegelevelcurriculum.UponDRAFTreleaseoftheserules,
potentialcompetitorsareinvitedtoprovidecommentsorquestionspriorto
UniversityDay.AfterUniversityDay,theserulesmaybeupdatedwith
clarificationsorupdatesandpostedastheofficialrulesforcompetition.The
SUAScommitteereservestherighttomakechangestotheserulesandissue
updatesoraddendumsatanytime.
2.5. SCOPE
2.5.1. Thisisaperformancebasedcompetition.Multiplegovernmentagencies,prime
andsubcontractors,engineeringfirms,anduniversitiesareobservingand
judgingthiscompetition.Contestantswillbeawardedprizesformajorgraded
elements,overallperformance,orindividualaspectsofagradedelement.
2.6. REQUIREMENTS
2.6.1. Therequirementsforthiscompetitionarelaidoutinparagraphformat,inline
itemnumericalorder,tofacilitatetrackingandtaskidentification.Technical
supporttasks,documentationandproductsshouldbeprovidedinaccordance
withthesestatements:
2.6.1.1. ShallindicatesarequirementthatisaTHRESHOLD.Failuretomeet
thethresholdisfailuretomeettheminimumcriteria,i.e.thesystem
isjudgedinadequate.
2.6.1.2. ShouldindicatesarequirementthatisanOBJECTIVE.
Demonstratingtheserequirementswillearnextrapoints,butthe
basicmissioncanbeachievedwithoutmeetingit.
2.6.1.3. Mayindicatesapermissibleimplementation,butisnota
requirement.
2.6.1.4. Willindicatesactionstobetakenbythecompetitionjudgesor
otherinformationpertainingtotheconductofthecompetition.
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3. Schedule
The2014AUVSISUAScompetitionscheduleisshownbelowintable1.
Table1:2014AUVSISUASCompetitionSchedule
Activity Date(s) Notes
DraftRulesPosted Mon,September30,2013 Openforcomments.
TeamWrittenComments Mon,October7,2013 Deadline,11:59PMEDT.
UniversityDay Thurs,October10,2013
ConferenceCallin
11:0012:30PMEDT.
FinalRulesPostedand
RegistrationOpen
Thurs,October24,2013
Finalrules.
8weekregistrationperiodstarts.
ApplicationandRegistrationFee Thurs,December19,2013 Deadline,11:59PMEST.
RefundRegistrationFee Wed,April30,2014
Deadline,11:59PMEDT.
Lastdaytowithdrawandhave
registrationfeerefunded.
FactSheet Wed,May7,2014 Deadline,11:59PMEDT.
JournalPaperSubmission Wed,May28,2014 Deadline,11:59PMEDT.
ProofofFlightVideo Wed,June4,2014 Deadline,11:59PMEDT.
BaseAccessInformationData Wed,June11,2014 Deadline,11:59PMEDT.
Competition
Wed,June18,2014
5:00PMEDT.
Checkin/Orientation
NoticeofRisk;Disclaimerof
Liability;WaiverofClaimsForm
Thurs,June19,2014 SafetyInspections/Oralbriefings
Fri&Sat,June2021,2014 FlightMissionDemonstration
Sat,June21,2014 AwardsBanquet
Sun,June22,2014 Raindayforflying
NOTE:TeamsareencouragedtosubmitallitemswithdeadlinesEARLY.Foremailthedatestampfor
theemailwillbeusedasthetime.Forpostedmail,thepostmarkwillbeusedasthetime.
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4. Major Elements of the Competition (Chronological Order)
Themajorelementsofthecompetitionaredefinedhereingeneraltermstoexpressthelevelofeffortin
chronologicalorderofthecompetition.Furtherdetailsoftheseelementsaredefinedelsewherein
theserules,asnotedwithinthedescriptionbelow.
4.1. DRAFTRULES
4.1.1. Thedraftrulesforthecompetitionareissuedinthefirstperiodofthenew
academicyear.Professorsandstudentsareinvitedtoreviewthenewrules,
proposechangesandformteamstoparticipateinthisstudentcompetition.
4.1.2. Teamsareencouragedtoreviewtherulesandsubmitcommentsandquestions
totheSUAScommitteebeforeUniversityDay.ThiswillhelptheSUAS
committeeanswerquestions,clarifyspecificareasandaltertechnicaland
administrativespecificationsasnecessary.
4.2. UNIVERSITYDAY
4.2.1. UniversityDayconsistsofa11/2hourlongconferencephonecall,inwhichall
perspectivecompetitorsareencouragedtoparticipate.Thiseventprovidesthe
opportunitytoposegeneralandspecificquestionsdirectlytothejudges.
4.2.2. Althoughteamsareencouragedtocallin,theUniversityDayeventisnota
gradedelement,andteamsarenotrequiredtoattend.
4.2.3. ThedateandtimeforUniversityDayislistedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.2.4. ThephoneconferencecallnumberandwebmeetingURLaredefinedinSection
10.1.7.
4.2.5. BasedonfeedbackreceivedregardingdraftrulesandduringUniversityDay,
thesecompetitionrulesmaybemodifiedbytheSUAScommittee.
4.3. FINALRULES
4.3.1. ThefinalruleswillbepostedafterUniversityDayatleasteightweeksbefore
thedeadlineforsubmissionoftheapplicationsandregistrationfee.
4.3.2. DetailsaboutthereleaseofthefinalrulesarefoundintheScheduleinSection3.
4.3.3. Itisintendedthatthefinalrequirementsremainfixed.However,theSUAS
committeereservestherighttomakechangesasdeemednecessary.
4.3.4. AnychangestotheFinalrulesafterthereleasedatewillbepostedtotheofficial
competitionwebsiteasarevisionandtheTeamCaptainwillbenotified.
4.4. REGISTRATIONPROCESS
4.4.1. Acompletedregistrationapplicationformandthefullregistrationfeeshallbe
receivedinorderforateamtobeginthequalificationprocesstoenterthis
competition.
4.4.2. TheregistrationprocesswillopenatthesametimetheFinalrulesareposted.
4.4.3. Tobeacceptedandprocessed,theregistrationapplicationformandpayment
shallBOTHbereceivedwithofficialpostmark,bankannotationorelectronicfile
date/timestampedforsubmissionnolaterthanthedeadlinestated.
4.4.4. Registrationapplicationformandpaymentshallbesubmittedbythespecified
dateandtimedeadlinedetailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.4.5. DetailsabouttheregistrationprocessarefoundinSections10.2thru10.4.The
requiredregistrationapplicationformislocatedinAppendixA:ApplicationForm.
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4.5. DOWNSELECTION
4.5.1. Duetothelargenumberofteamsinterestedincompeting,theSUAScommittee
reservestherighttoimplementadownselectionprocess.Thismayrestrict
teamsfromparticipatinginasingleormultiplephasesofthecompetition,based
onrequirementslaidoutintheserules.
4.5.2. Adownselectionprocessmayoccuratanytime,evenafterthewithdraw
deadline.
4.5.3. DetailsaboutthedownselectionprocessareindefinedSection10.6.
4.5.4. Teamsshallcompleteallrequireditemsassoonaspossibletoavoiddown
selectionduetocontentorschedule.
4.6. REFUNDREGISTRATIONFEEDEADLINE
4.6.1. ThelastdayateammayformallyrequesttobewithdrawnfromtheSUAS
competitionandbereimbursedtheregistrationfee.
4.6.2. WithdrawalshallberequestedbeforethedeadlinedetailedintheScheduleof
Section3inordertoreceivereimbursement.
4.6.3. Failuretoproperlywithdrawfromthecompetitionbythedeadlinewillresultin
forfeitureoftheregistrationfee.
4.6.4. DetailsaboutthewithdrawprocessaredefinedinSection10.
4.7. FACTSHEET
4.7.1. Afterbeingacceptedintothecompetition,afactsheetprovidingbasic
descriptionsoftheairvehicleandsystemsshallbesubmittedtoAUVSISeafarer
Chapter.Asthisisthefirstintroductiontoyoursystem,thefactsheetshall
providenecessarydataforlogisticsandsafety.TheFactSheetshallinformthe
SUAScommitteeandjudgesofgeneralvehicleparametersforsafetypurposes,
suchasvehiclesize,weight,fuelorbatterytype,transmittedairvehiclecontrol
andpayloaddatafrequencies,andlargegroundequipmentthatwillbe
transportedtotheflightline.TheFactSheetshouldprovidetheSUAS
committeeinsightintothemissiontaskstheteamwillattempttoachieveduring
flight.
4.7.2. Thefactsheetduedatewillbeusedasthefirstdownselectfilter,withthe
contentofthefactsheetbeingsecondary.
4.7.3. Thetimelysubmissionofthefactsheetaffectsthegradingoftheflightelement.
4.7.4. Thefactsheetshallbesubmittedbythespecifieddateandtimedeadline
detailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.7.4.1. Latesubmissionofthefactsheetwillonlybeextended5daysafter
thedeadline.Eachdaylatewillresultinpointdeductionsfromthe
teamsscorefortheflightmissiondemonstrationphaseofthe
competition.
4.7.4.2. Failuretosubmitthefactsheetbythe5
th
daypostdeadlinewillresult
indisqualificationfromtheflightmissiondemonstrationphaseofthe
competition.
4.7.4.3. Thefactsheetdeadlineispastthewithdrawdate,soNOrefundswill
beprocessedforteamswhofailtoparticipateaftertheextended
timeframe.
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4.7.5. Thefactsheetsubmittedshallgenerallyfollowthesuggestedonepageformat
providedinAppendixB:FactSheetFormat.
4.7.6. ThefactsheetshallbeelectronicallysubmittedinPDFformat.
4.7.7. Thefactsheetsfilenamesshallincludetheschoolandteamname,abbreviated
asneeded,andhavetheprefixFS(capitallettersFSwillidentifythefileas
thefactsheet,whichmustbedifferentfromthejournalpaperfilename).
4.7.8. Eachregisteredteamwillbeprovidedexplicitinstructionsonhowtologinand
uploadthefactsheettotheteamsuniquefolderontheSUASSharePointsite.
4.8. BASEACCESSINFORMATION
4.8.1. Priortothecompetition,theregisteredteamsshallsubmittherequiredpersonal
dataandinformationforallteammembers.
4.8.2. TeamsfromU.S.schoolsshallprovidethedatainordertoaccessamilitarybase.
4.8.3. TeamsfromschoolsoutsidetheU.S.,orU.S.teamswithnonU.S.citizens,shall
provideadditionalspecificdataandformallettersofauthorityfromtheirschool
inordertoaccessamilitarybase.
4.8.4. Thebaseaccessinformationisrequiredtoparticipateinoralpresentationand
flightmissionphasesofthecompetition.
4.8.5. Thebaseaccessdatashallbesubmittedbythespecifieddateandtimedeadline
detailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.8.6. ThebaseaccessshallbesubmittedinaccordancewiththedetailsinSection10.
4.9. PROOFOFFLIGHT
4.9.1. Priortothecompetition,avideoshallbesubmittedasprooftotheSUAS
committeethattheteamssystemhassuccessfullyflownatleastonce.
4.9.2. Ataminimum,thevideoshalldemonstratethevehiclecanattainflight,sustain
flight,andterminateflightinasafemanner,independentofthemission
systems.
4.9.3. Theproofofflightvideodoesnotneedtohavetheaircraftinafullupmission
flightconfiguration.ItisacceptabletodemonstrateaRadioControlled(RC)
flight(atexpectedcompetitiontakeoffweight).
4.9.4. Theproofofflightvideoshallprovideofthefollowing:
4.9.4.1. Identifytheschoolandteam,TeamCaptainandsafetypilotname(s).
4.9.4.2. Showthevehicleinthefollowingphasesofflight:
4.9.4.2.1. Takeoff
4.9.4.2.2. Flight
4.9.4.2.3. Landing(crashesorunintentionalofffieldlandingsdo
notcount)
4.9.5. Theproofofflightvideoshouldshowthatthevehiclepositionandaltitudeare
beingproperlydisplayedonthegroundcontrolstationandmonitoredbythe
team,eveniftheairvehicleisnotflyingautonomously.
4.9.5.1. NOTE:Thissegmentoftheproofofflightvideocanassimpleasthe
cameraoperatorpanningfromthevehicleinflighttotheGCSscreen
andthenreturntothesamevehicleinflight.
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4.9.6. Ifabackupvehiclemaybeusedfortheflightmissiondemonstration,aseparate
proofofflightvideoshallberequiredtobesubmittedwithinthesamedeadline.
4.9.7. Ifpossible,itisdesiredtohavethesamepilotfromtheproofofflightvideobe
thecompetitionsafetypilot.
4.9.8. TheproofofflightvideoshallbeuploadedtothecompetitionSharePointsite
(seeSharePointinstructions)eitherasavideofileorasatextfilecontaininga
linktotheteamsvideopostedonwww.youtube.com.
4.9.9. Theproofofflightvideoisrequiredtoparticipateintheflightmission
demonstrationphaseofthecompetition.
4.9.10. Theproofofflightvideoshallbesubmittedbythespecifieddateandtime
deadlinedetailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.9.10.1. Latesubmissionoftheproofofflightvideowillonlybeextended5
daysafterthedeadline.Eachdaylatewillresultinasignificantpoint
deductionfromtheteamsscorefortheflightmissiondemonstration
phaseofthecompetition.
4.9.10.2. Failuretosubmittheproofofflightvideobythe5
th
daypost
deadlinewillresultindisqualificationfromtheflightmission
demonstrationphaseofthecompetition.
4.9.10.3. Theproofofflightvideodeadlineispastthewithdrawdate,soNO
refundswillbeprocessedforteamswhodonotparticipateafterthe
extendedtimeframe.
4.10. JOURNALPAPER
4.10.1. Eachteamshallsubmitatechnicaljournalpaperthatdescribesthedesignof
theirentryandtherationalebehindtheirdesignchoices.Thepurposeofthe
paperistoshowtheteamsoverallsystemsengineeringprocess,design
tradeoffs,finaldesignsolutionforthesystem,illustratehowitwillsafely
performmissiontasks,andprovidetestresultsverifyingsame.Thejournal
papershalladdressthemissiontaskstheteammaybecapableofachieving
duringflight.
4.10.2. Thejournalpapershallbeagradedelement.
4.10.3. Thejournalpapershallbesubmittedbythespecifieddateandtimedeadline
detailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.10.3.1. Latesubmissionofthejournalpaperwillonlybeextended5days
afterthedeadline.Eachdaylatewillresultinasignificantpoint
deductionfromtheteamsscoreforthejournalpaperphaseofthe
competition.
4.10.3.2. Failuretosubmitthejournalpaperbythe5
th
daypostdeadlinewill
resultindisqualificationfromthecompetition.
4.10.3.3. Thejournalpaperdeadlineispastthewithdrawdate,soNOrefunds
willbeprocessedforteamswhofailtoparticipateaftertheextended
timeframe.
4.10.4. DetailsaboutthejournalpaperrequirementsarefoundinSection8Scoring
Metrics.
4.10.5. ThejournalpapershallbesubmittedbyuploadingittotheteamsSharePoint
folderdefinedinSection10.1.4.
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4.11. TEAMCHECKINANDORIENTATION
4.11.1. Duringcheckin,teamswillreceiveinstructions,badgesandvehiclepassesfor
baseaccess.NonU.S.citizenswillhaveadifferentpassprocessesthatis
followedduringcheckin.
4.11.2. Duringthecheckinprocess,allstudents,academicadvisors,andvisitorsshall
signtheappropriateliabilitywaiverformdefinedinSection9.
4.11.3. Duringtheorientation,teamswillreceiveuptotheminutechangesinplansand
beprovidedremindersaboutrulesandcoordination.Teamswillalsobenotified
oftheinitialorderforconductingtheoralpresentationsthefollowingmorning.
4.11.4. Asimplemealwillbeprovidedforthestudentsduringthecheckinprocess.
4.11.5. ThemissionwaypointGPScoordinatesandaltitudeswillbesuppliedtotheTeam
Captainsatthecheckinandorientation.
4.11.6. Teamshallbeatthecheckinandorientationbriefingatthespecifieddateand
timedetailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.11.6.1. Thereisnoguaranteethatateamwillbeprocessedintothe
competitioniftheyareunabletomakeallthedeadlinesdetailedin
theScheduleofSection3.
4.11.6.2. Teamsnotinattendanceforthecheckinandorientationbriefing
shallriskbeingunabletoaccesstheGovernmentfacilityandforfeit
theirabilitytocompete.
4.11.6.3. Iftheteamencountersunforeseencircumstancesduringtravelthat
affectarrivalschedulesandcausethemtomisstheCheckInand
Orientationbriefing,theTeamCaptainoralternateshallmakeevery
efforttocontacttheSUASCompetitionDirectorpriortocheckin
starttime.Theywillneedtoexplainthecircumstancesandrequest
exemptionfromattendanceatcheckin.Theywillbeprovided
guidanceonhowtoundergoalatecheckinprocess.
4.11.7. ThelocationofthecheckinandorientationaredefinedinSection10.1.10.
4.12. ORAL/STATICPRESENTATION
4.12.1. TheoralpresentationwillbeaFlightReadinessReview(FRR)briefingtojudges
duringwhichtheteamssubstantiate,withdata,theirplanstosafelyaccomplish
themission.Theintentionistodemonstratetothejudgesthattheteamisready
tocompetesafely,withlowrisk,intheflightmissiondemonstrationphaseofthe
competition.Theoralpresentationshalladdressthemissiontaskstheteam
planstoachieveduringflight.
4.12.2. FollowingtheFRRoralpresentationsquestionandanswerperiod,thejudges
shallperformabriefreviewandinspectionoftheteam'sUAS,includingair
vehicleexterior(andinteriorifavailable),groundstation,testdata,safety
checklistsandequipment,andothersupportingevidenceofreadiness,safety
andriskreduction.
4.12.3. TheFRRbriefingwillbeconductedinanopenairenvironmentwithonlyminimal
protectionfromsunlight,windand/orrain,andambientnoise.Theteamsshall
comepreparedtospeakloudlyanddealwithanoisy,outdoorenvironment.
4.12.4. Allteammemberspresentareencouragedtoparticipate.
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4.12.5. Theoralpresentationandastaticdisplayaregradedelementsoftheoral
presentation.
4.12.6. Thestaticdisplayshallincludevisualaidsandtheactualsystembeing
demonstrated,tosupportandclarifytheteamsoralpresentation.
4.12.7. Teamsareencouragedtoleavecertainaspectsoftheirstaticdisplayupfor
sponsorstoseetheworkaccomplishedandforotherteamstoaskquestions.
4.12.8. TheoralpresentationshallbegivenonthedatedetailedintheScheduleof
Section3.
4.12.8.1. Theoralpresentationdateispastthewithdrawdate,soNOrefunds
willbeprocessedforteamswhofailtoparticipate.
4.12.9. DetailsabouttheoralpresentationrequirementsarefoundinSection8Scoring
MetricsanddescribedinAppendixC:FlightReadinessReview(FRR)Rubric.
4.12.10. ThelocationoftheoralpresentationisdefinedinSection10.
4.13. FLIGHTMISSIONDEMONSTRATION
4.13.1. Theflightmissiondemonstrationevaluatestheteamsabilitytoconducta
missionoperationwiththeirvehicle.Thisistheculminatingeventofthe
competition.
4.13.1.1. Onlyteamswhosuccessfullysubmitthefactsheetandjournalpaper,
andsuccessfullypasstheFRRandsafetyinspection,shallbeallowed
tofly.
4.13.2. Eachteamshallarrivepreparedtobeginflightoperations.
4.13.3. FlightdemonstrationsshallfollowproceduresbriefedthedaybeforeduringFRR.
4.13.4. Aleadjudgewillbeassignedtoeachteamattheflightline.Therewillbe
additionaljudgesassignedwhoarefocusedondifferentaspectsofthe
competition(imagery,autonomy,safety,etc.)dependinguponwhichtasksthe
teamisplanningtoaccomplish.
4.13.5. Theflightmissiondemonstrationwillbeconductedonanactiverunway.Itis
importantthatallteammembersfollowtheinstructionsofthejudgesandthe
SUAScommittee.Teamsthatrepeatedlyfailtofollowinstructionsmaybe
disqualifiedfromthecompetition.
4.13.6. Theflightmissiondemonstrationisagradedelement.
4.13.7. Theflightmissiondemonstrationhasspecifieddates,andabackupraindate,
detailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.13.7.1. Note;ifweatherinterfereswiththescheduleddatesforflightmission
demonstration,teamsmaybescheduledtoflyonthebackuprain
datewhichisSunday.
4.13.7.2. Theflightmissiondemonstrationdatesarepastthewithdrawdate,
soNOrefundswillbeprocessedforteamswhofailtoparticipate.
4.13.8. Detailsabouttheflightmissiondemonstrationrequirementsarefoundin
Sections6and7oftheserules.
4.13.9. ThelocationoftheflightmissiondemonstrationisdefinedinSection10.
4.13.10. Eachteamshouldanticipateacrowdofjudgesandmediaattheflightline.
Teamsareencouragedtoactivelycontroltheirteamontheflightlineand
aroundtheiroperationalarea.
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4.14. AWARDSBANQUET
4.14.1. Theawardsbanquetincludesadinnerandakeynotespeaker,followedbythe
presentationofawards.Thefinalstandingsofthecompetitionwillbe
announcedduringthepresentationofawardsandcashprizes.
4.14.2. Sponsorsandindustrymemberswillbeatthebanquet.
4.14.3. Teamsarestronglyencouragedtoattendthisbanquet.
4.14.4. Recommendedattireforthebanquetisbusinesscasual(collaredshirtsand
slacks).
4.14.5. TheawardsbanquetsdateandtimearedetailedintheScheduleofSection3.
4.14.5.1. IfaraindelaycausesthecompetitiontoflyonSunday,theawards
banquetwillstillbeheldonSaturday,althoughonlyawardsfor
journalpapersandoralpresentationswillbeawarded.Theflight
demonstrationandfinalstandingsofthecompetitionwillbe
announcedatalatertime.
4.15. JOBS,RESUMES,ANDCOMPANIES
4.15.1. AprimaryreasonfororganizingtheStudentUAScompetitionistofostera
passionforUASinstudents,withthehopethattheywillseektoworkintheUAS
industrysupportingNAVAIRandlocalindustryandacademicpartners.
4.15.2. Onthedaysscheduledfortheoralpresentationbriefingandflightmission
demonstration,theremaybeSUAScompanysponsorsatthevenueseekingto
hirestudents.
4.15.3. StudentsareencouragedtoidentifytheSUASsponsorslistedontheSeafarer
Chapterswebsite,reviewcompanywebsites,andpossiblyarrangeforinterviews
priortoarrivingforthecompetition.Allstudentswhoareinterestedin
employmentshouldbringresumesandevaluatethedifferentjobopportunities.
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5. System Requirements
5.1. AIRCRAFTREQUIREMENTS
5.1.1. Thesystemshallbelimitedtooneairvehicleintheairatanytime.
5.1.2. Theairvehicleshallbecapableofheavierthanairflight.
5.1.3. Theairvehiclemaybeofanyconfigurationexceptlighterthanair,shallbefree
flying,andshallhavenoentanglingencumbrancessuchastethers.
5.1.4. TheairvehicleshallcomplywiththeSafetyRegulationsdescribedinSection9of
theserules.
5.1.5. Theairvehicleshouldbeautonomouscapable.
5.1.5.1. Iftheairvehicleisgoingtobeengagedinautonomousflight(e.g.
flownbytheonboardautopilot)thenthesystemmustmeetand
demonstratetherequiredsafetyoverridesasdescribedinSection9,
SafetyRegulations.
5.1.6. TheairvehicleRFcommunicationssystemsshallcomplywiththeRFspectrum
managementschemedescribedinSection6.4.
5.1.7. Payloads
5.1.7.1. Theairvehicleshallprovideameanstocapturetargetimagesthat
canbedisplayedtothejudges.
5.1.7.2. Theimagesshallbeprovidedtothejudgesduringtheconductofthe
mission.
5.1.7.3. Targetdatashouldbehandedintojudgesasahardcopymission
reportsheet.Proofofcapturingthetargetimagesshouldbeprovided
tothejudgesinJPEGformat.
5.1.7.4. Thesystemshallhavethecapabilitytocaptureimagesinthevisible
lightspectrumusingElectroOpticsensors,andshouldhavethe
capabilitytocaptureimagesintheInfrared(IR)spectrumusingIR
sensors.
5.1.7.5. Thesystemshallnotdeployoremployitsowngroundbasedsensors
ontheairfield(thisisnotapplicabletothecompetitionsSimulated
RemoteInformationCenter(SRIC)).Teamsmaybringtheirown
groundbasedsensors,butarerestrictedtothelocatingthesensors
attheteamstentattheflightlineorinthepitarea.Notallantenna
masts,balloonsorotherobstaclestotheairfieldwillbepermitted.
5.1.7.6. Thesystemshouldbecapableofsafelydispensinganairdropped
reliefcanisterontoatargetverticallybelow.
5.2. GROUNDSTATIONREQUIREMENTS
5.2.1. Thesystemshallaccuratelydisplaynoflyzonestotheoperatorsandjudges.
5.2.2. Thesystemshallaccuratelydisplaycurrentairvehiclepositionwithrespectto
thenoflyzonestotheoperatorandjudges.Failuretomeetthisrequirement
willresultindisapprovaltoflyinthecompetition.
5.2.3. Thesystemshalldisplayaccuratelyaltitude(feetMSL)tothejudgesand
operator.
5.2.4. Thesystemshalldisplayindicatedairspeed(KIAS)totheoperatorandjudges.
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5.2.5. Thesystemshoulddisplaysearchareaboundariesandwaypointstothe
operatorsandjudges.
5.2.6. Thesystemshouldhavethecapabilitytoadjustmissionsearchareasand
waypointsinflight.Ifthesystemhasthecapabilitytochangemissionsearch
areasinflight,thenewboundariesshouldbedisplayedtotheoperator.
5.2.7. Thesystemshouldoutputtargetdata(location&characteristics)inaccordance
withtheformatprovidedinAppendixE:ElectronicTargetDataFormatand
AppendixF:TargetScoreSheet.
5.2.7.1. Eachtargetonthespreadsheetshouldhaveanassociatedimageina
JPEGformatwithanametargetn.jpg(wherenisthetargetnumber).
5.2.7.2. Thegroundcontrolsystemshouldbeabletooutputthistargetdata
toaUSBmemorystickprovidedbytheSUASjudges.
5.2.7.2.1. Hardcopytargetscoresheetsarehighlyencouraged,
evenifprintedfromthegroundsystem.Severalteams
inthepastacquiredtargetsbutturnedinemptyUSB
sticksandreceivednoscorefortheirtargetsacquired.
5.2.8. ThegroundcontrolsystemsRFcommunicationssystemsshallcomplywiththe
RFspectrummanagementschemedescribedinSection6.4.
5.2.9. Thejudgesshallbeabletoviewthesafetyofflightinformationontheground
controlsystemdisplaysatalltimes,includinginbrightsunlightconditions.
5.3. RFCOMMUNICATIONSINTEROPERABILITY
5.3.1. TheSUAScommitteeplanstoallowmultipleteamstotransmitRadioFrequency
(RF)communicationsatthesametime.Thisisintendedtoprovideteams
additionalusefulsetup/troubleshootingtimeaswellasimprovetheefficiencyof
thecompetition.Additionally,itsimulatestherealworldwheresystemsshall
managecommunicationaccountingforothersystemsinatheaterofoperations.
5.3.1.1. Intheeventthatunforeseendifficultiesariseinexecuting
simultaneousteamstransmittingRF,thecompetitionreservesthe
righttoreverttooneteamtransmittingRFatatime(likepast
competitions)orotherappropriatemeasures.Systemsshouldbe
designedforthiscontingency.Ifthecompetitionrevertstooneteam
transmittingRFhalfwaythroughflightdemonstrations,therewillbe
noreflightsforteamswhopreviouslyflewtheirmission.
5.3.2. Systemsshallbedesignedsuchthatmultiplesystemscanoperate
simultaneouslyusingaRFspectrummanagementschemedescribedbelow.Use
ofanycommunicationfrequenciesnotdescribedshallbeprohibitedunlessthe
detailsareclearlydefinedintheFactSheetsubmittedandtheteamhasreceived
writtenauthorizationfromtheSUASCompetitionDirector.
5.3.2.1. Systemsthatdonotcomplywiththeserequirementsmaybe
prohibitedfromoperatingonunapprovedfrequencies.
5.3.2.2. Manufactureandmodelnumbersofalltransmitter/receiversshallbe
providedintheFactsheet.
5.3.3. TeamsarestronglyencouragedtoconsideruseofallformsofhardwiredRF
interfacecablesand/orantennahatstoconnecttheairvehiclesRFsystemsto
thegroundstationsRFelementsduringoperationalcheckoutand
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troubleshootingonthegroundtoavoidconflictingwithRFtransmission
restrictionsonorofftheairfield.
5.3.4. Frequencymanagementconcept.Frequencypackageswillbeassignedtoeach
ofthefourtentsontheairfield(AD).Systemsshallbedesignedtooperate
withintheparametersofanyoneofthefrequencypackagesdescribedin
AppendixG:RadioFrequencyManagementPackages.
5.3.4.1. FrequencypackageEshallbeusedbyallteamswhentheirsystems
initializetoavoidinterferencewithactiveteams.Frequencypackage
Ewillalsobeavailabletoasingleteamatatimewithprior
coordinationwiththepitmanagerfortroubleshooting.Frequency
packagesaredescribedinAppendixG:RadioFrequencyTent
Assignments.
5.3.5. Specificfrequencymanagementrequirementsforeachband.
5.3.5.1. 72MHz:Theuseof72MHzforRCcontrolisdiscouraged;however,in
ordertopreventadditionalcost,teamswithexistingsystemsusing72
MHzRCshallprovidespecificchannelinformationintheFactsheet
(includingchannelselectioncapabilities).Earliernotificationishighly
desirable.Note:Coordinationofuseofchannelswithin72MHzRC
controlwillbemanagedonacasebycasebasisduringcompetition.
5.3.5.2. 433MHz:UseofUHFISMBand433MHZ(431435MHZ)shallbe
limitedtouseofFrequencyHoppingSpreadSpectrumtechnology.
5.3.5.3. 900MHz:ISMbOutputFrequency.
5.3.5.4. 1.08,1.12,1.16,1.2,1.24,1.28,1.32,an1.36GHzOutputFrequency:
5.3.5.4.1. 1.08,1.12,1.16,1.2,1.24,1.28,1.32,1.36GHz,and
radiomodemcoveringthe902928MHzfrequency
bandshallbelimitedtouseofFrequencyHopping
SpreadSpectrumtechnology
5.3.5.5. 1.21.3GHz:Useof1.2.1.3GHzshallbelimitedtoanalogvideo
systemsthatcanselectoneof8channelsassignedduringthe
competition.
5.3.5.5.1. Channels18areasfollows:1.08,1.12,1.16,1.2,1.24,
1.28,1.32,1.36GHz.Systemsutilizingthisfrequency
shallinitializeonadesignatedassignedchannel
(FrequencypackageE)andshallhavethecapabilityto
thenselectanotherchannel(FrequencypackagesAD).
5.3.6. 2.4GHz:RC(2.42.485GHz)SpreadSpectrumtechniquesinaccordancewith
FCCregulationCFR47part15.
5.3.7. 2.4GHzWiFi(802.11b/g/n):Useof2.4GHzWiFishallbelimitedtosystems
thatcanselectbetweenoneofthe11USWiFichannelswithintheband.
Systemsshallutilizeonlyonechannelwithintheband(withtheexceptionof
channel1,ifattemptingtoconnecttoSRIC).Channelstobeassignedare3,5,7,
9,and11.Systemsshallbedesignedtooperatewithanyoftheotherassigned
channelsinsimultaneoususe.Systemsutilizingthisfrequencyshallinitializeona
designatedassignedchannel(FrequencypackageE)andshallhavethecapability
tothenselectanotherchannel(FrequencypackagesAD).802.11g/nshalluse
20MHzchannelwidth.Operating2.4GHzWiFiinthemiddlechannels(5and7)
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generallydoesnotperformaswellastheoutsidechannels.Selectingchannelsis
apartoftheteamstradestudiesforalterativedesignarchitectures.
5.3.8. 5GHzWiFi(802.11a/h/j/n/ac):Useof5GHzWiFishallutilizeDynamic
FrequencySelection(DFS)(preferred)forchannels52,56,60,64,100,104,108,
112,116,132,136,and140.IfDFSisnotused,thesystemshallbecapableof
selectingasingleoneofthefollowingmanualchannels:36,44,149,157,or165
inaccordancewiththefrequencyplaninAppendixG:RadioFrequency
ManagementPackages.
5.3.9. Systemsutilizingmanualchannelsshallinitializeonadesignatedassigned
channel(FrequencypackageE)andshallhavethecapabilitytothenselect
anotherchannel(FrequencypackagesAD)
5.3.10. 802.11wirelesscommunicationsystemsshallhaveanSSIDoftheteam'sschool
and/orteamname(e.g.Joesengineeringschool1)forquickandeasy
identification.
5.3.10.1. Any802.11wirelesssystemshallhaveovertheairencryption(WPA,
WEP,orotherwise)enabled.
5.3.11. Useofcellulartechnologywillnotbelimited.
5.3.11.1. NOTE:Cellularreceptionatthecompetitionsiteispoorand
unreliable.
5.3.12. Unauthorizedtransmissionwhennotassignedafrequencypackageshallbe
prohibited.ThisincludesoperatingwirelessRFinthepitsorspectatorarea.
5.3.13. OnlyoneteamisassignedFrequencypackageEinthePitsatatime.
5.4. ELECTROMAGNETICENVIRONMENTALEFFECTS
5.4.1. TheSUAScommitteewillattempttopreventairfieldelectromagneticemissions
atthefrequencyandchannelusedforairvehiclecommandandcontrol.
However,thesystemshouldincorporatebasicelectromagneticinterference
(EMI)andelectromagneticcompatibility(EMC)designconsiderations.
5.4.2. TheSUAScommitteewillbemonitoringallRFfrequenciesandchannelsatthe
flightlineandinthepitareatoidentifyanyspecificRFsignalsatthefield.
5.4.3. ThecompetitionstaffwillbeoperatinghandheldGeneralMobileRadioService
(GMRS)radiosat462.7MHzincloseproximitytoaircraftandgroundstations.
5.4.4. Additionally,videocrewandothersmaybeoperatingGMRSradiosonthe
airfield.
5.4.5. Teamsshouldalsoanticipatethatnumerousmobiledevices(phones,PDAs,
computers,etc.)willbeoperatingontheairfield.
5.5. WEATHERREQUIREMENTS
5.5.1. Teamsshallbeabletocompeteinthefollowingconditions:
5.5.1.1. Theairvehicleshallbecapableoftakeoffandlandingincrosswinds
totherunwayof8knotswithguststo12knots(whenusingthemost
favorablerunway/directionforrunwaydependentsystems).Two
runwayoptionsofapproximately90degreesapartareavailable.
5.5.1.2. Theairvehicleshallbecapableofoperatingduringallmissionphases
intowerreportedsurfacewindsof15knotswithguststo20knots.
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5.5.1.3. Thesystemshallbecapableofcompletingmissionobjectivesin
surfacetemperaturesupto110degreesFahrenheit.
5.5.1.4. Thesystemshallbecableofcompletingthemissionafterexposureto
temperaturesof100degreesFahrenheitforupto10hours.
5.5.1.5. Thesystemshallbecapableofoperatinginfogconditionsofvisibility
of2milesorgreaterwithnoprecipitation.
5.5.2. Ifconditionsfalloutsideweatherrequirements,orifthejudgesfeel
environmentalconditionsareunsafe(suchasapproachingthunderstorms),the
competitionwillbesuspended.
5.5.3. NOTE:Theairvehicleandgroundstationshouldbeeasilysecuredduringwindy
conditions,andanysensitiveelectronicsorcomponentsofhighvalueshouldbe
abletoberapidlyprotectedfromraininshortnotice(e.g.casesortarpaulins).
5.6. PITANDAIRFIELDPROVISIONS
5.6.1. Inthepitsandattheairfield,theSUAScommitteewillensuretheteamsare
providedatentforshade,afoldingtable,chairsand115VAC,60Hz,electrical
powerwithoneextensioncable.
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6. FlightMission Demonstration Requirements
6.1. FLIGHTTASKS
6.1.1. Onlyteamsandsystemsintheproofofflightvideo,presentedintheFRR,
inspectedbysafetyinspectors,andincludedinthepreflightbriefwillbe
permittedtofly.
6.2. OPERATIONALTIMELINE
6.2.1. TimelineIncrements
6.2.1.1. TheSUAScommitteereservestherighttoadjustthetimeforthese
segmentsatanytimeoftheoverallcompetitionevolution.Thevalue
ofaminuteofmissiontimewillnotbeprovidedtostudentteams.
6.2.2. TransportationtoFlightLine
6.2.2.1. SpecifiedTime=10minutes
6.2.2.2. Eachteamshallhaveaminimumspecifiedperiodoftimetotransport
theirsystemfromthestagingareatotheflightlineuponnotification
(andifrequested,availabilityofcompetitionprovided
transportation).
6.2.3. SetupTime
6.2.3.1. SpecifiedTime=20minutes
6.2.3.2. Eachteamshallhaveaminimumspecifiedperiodoftimetosetup
equipmentontheflightlinepriortostartingtheirmissionclock.
Aftertheminimumsetuptimehaselapsed,thejudgesmaydeclare
missionstart,regardlessoftheteamsreadinesstolaunchthe
mission.Ifanotherteamisonthemissionclock,theteamonsetup
maybenefitfromadditionalsetuptime.
6.2.3.3. Setuptimebeginswhentheteamarrivesattheflightline.Alead
judgewillbeassignedtoeachteamandwillstartadedicated
stopwatchaftercommunicatingwiththeTeamCaptain.
6.2.3.4. Duringsetup,teamsshallabidebythenewRFtransmittingrules
specifiedinthesection5.3,RFCommunicationsInteroperability
duringsetuptime.
6.2.4. PreMissionBrief
6.2.4.1. Apremissionbriefingshallbeaccomplishedpriortoflight.This
briefingistoinformtheteam,andspecificallyallthejudges,ofthe
structuredoperations,safety,andtaskstheteamplanstoattempt.
6.2.4.2. Thepremissionbriefingshallbeaccomplishedduringsetuptimeand
willnotbecountedagainstmissiontime.
6.2.5. MissionTime
6.2.5.1. MissionTime(T
M
)=40minutesMaximum.AtthemaximumT
M
the
LeadJudgewillterminatethemissionclockandteamsshallhaveno
furtheropportunitytoprovidedatatotheJudgesforscoring.The
teardownclockshallimmediatelystartatthistime,unlesstheTeam
Captainhasalreadycalledmissioncomplete.
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6.2.5.2. ForT
M
<20minutesmissiontime,nopointswillbescoredforless
time.
6.2.5.3. For20<T
M
<30minutesmissiontime,bonuspointsmaybescored.
6.2.5.4. For30<T
M
<40minutesmissiontime:
6.2.5.4.1. Teamswiththeairvehicleflyingorintendingtofly
again,orotherwiseoccupyingtheactiveairfieldor
runway,shallincurpenaltypointsforeachadditional
minutetheairvehiclepreventsanotherteamfrom
occupyingtheairfielduptotheMaximumT
M
.
6.2.5.4.2. Teamswiththeairvehicleremovedfromtheactive
runwayandnotobstructingtheairfield,andnot
intendingtoflyagain(i.e.,otherteamscantaketothe
airfield),maycontinueprocessingdatawithnopenalty
uptotheMaximumT
M
.
6.2.5.5. Duringmissiontime,teamsshallbepermittedtoradiate,run
propulsionsystems,andusetheactiverunwayandairfield.
6.2.5.6. Missiontimeshallstartatthedeclarationofmissionclockstartfrom
theleadjudge,whowillhaveadedicatedmissionclockstopwatch.
6.2.5.7. Missiontimeshallendoncethevehiclehasterminatedflight(landed,
crashed,orterminated),theairvehicleisbackattheteamstenton
theflightline,thescoresareturnedin,atimeoutiscalledbythe
TeamsCaptain,ortheLeadJudgedeclaresthemissiontimestopped.
6.2.5.8. MissionterminatedbyJudges:
6.2.5.8.1. SpecifiedT
M
=20minutes
6.2.5.8.2. Iftheairvehiclehasnotachievedflightbythiselapsed
missiontime,themissionwillbeterminatedbythe
LeadJudgeandnofurtherscoringispossible.
6.2.5.9. Ateammayelecttocyclethroughthetakeoffandlandingsequence
duringmissiontimemorethanonceforavarietyofvalidreasons
(changebatteries,etc.).Nopointswillbelost,butcriticalmission
timewillbeconsumed.
6.2.5.10. TeamsshallNOTuseanyothermeanstocollectimagery(including
usingotherteamssystems).
6.2.6. TeardownTime
6.2.6.1. SpecifiedTime=10minutes
6.2.6.2. Thesystemshallbedisassembledandtransportedoffoftheflight
linewithinamaximumspecifiedamountoftimefromtheendofthe
mission(orpostprocessingtimeifused).
6.2.6.3. Transportationwillbeprovidedbutmustberequestedpriortostart
ofmissiontime.
6.2.7. Timeouts
6.2.7.1. SpecifiedTime=10minutes(Minimum)
6.2.7.2. Eachteamshallonlybeallowedonetimeout.Timeoutsshallnotbe
availableduringsetuporteardown.Teamscanlandandchange
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configurationmorethanonce,butmuststayonthemissionclock.
Dataprocessingshallnotbeperformedduringtimeouts.
6.2.7.3. CallingaTimeout
6.2.7.3.1. OnlytheTeamCaptainshallcalltimeout.The
announcementshallbemadeclearlytotheLeadJudge,
andtheLeadJudgewillconfirmthecallbeforethe
missionclockisstopped.
6.2.7.3.2. Timeoutnotification"maybemadeanytime,butthe
timeoutshallNOTbeginuntilMissionclockSTOPS.
6.2.7.3.3. ThetypeoftimeoutshallbeannouncedwhentheTeam
Captainmakesthecallandcannotbechanged.
6.2.7.3.4. Timeoutshallonlystopthemissionclockwhenthe
teamhastheiraircraftonthegroundattheirflightline
tent,andtheyconformtotheregulationsregardingRF
transmittingontheflightline.
6.2.7.3.5. RegulationsregardingRFtransmittingontheflightline
andinthepitsareintactduringtimeoutsandcoveredin
thesection5.3,RFCommunicationsInteroperability
6.2.7.3.6. ThetypeoftimeoutshallbeannouncedwhentheTeam
Captainmakesthecallandcannotbechanged.
6.2.7.4. Duringmissiontime,twotypesoftimeoutshallbeallowed:timeout
inplaceortimeoutinthepits.
6.2.7.4.1. Teamsmaycalltimeoutinthepits,beforebeingcalled
totheflightline.
6.2.7.5. TimeoutInPlace
6.2.7.5.1. Ateammaytakeaninplacetimeoutontheflightline.
Thisshallguaranteeateamtheminimumspecified
amountoftimeinSection6.2.7.1attheflightline.
6.2.7.6. TimeoutInThePits
6.2.7.6.1. Ateammayelecttotaketimeoutinthepits.Theteam
shallvacatetheflightlineandreturntothespectator
area.
6.2.7.6.2. Anyteamthattakesatimeoutinthepitshallmoveto
thebackofthelineforflightslotsandmaynotgetto
fly.Allotherteamsshallgettoflyfirst,includingteams
whohavetakenaninplacetimeout.
6.2.7.6.3. Ifthereisnotenoughtimetoflyallteamswhotook
timeoutinthepits,thejudgeswillassessifanyteam
willbecalledbacktotheflightline.
6.3. MISSIONLIMITATIONS
6.3.1. MissionBoundaries
6.3.1.1. Duringtheentiremission,airvehiclesshallremainincontrolledflight
andwithinthenoflyzoneboundary.Aspecificnoflyzoneboundary
definitionwillbeprovidedtoteamsattheCheckinandOrientation.
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Anyvehicleappearinguncontrolledormovingbeyondthenoflyzone
boundarywillbesubjecttoimmediatemanualoverride.Failureof
manualoverridewillresultinflighttermination.
6.3.1.2. Pointswillbedeductedforflyinginnoflyzones.Examplesofnofly
zonesareshownontheExampleMapofAppendixD.Significant
pointswillbedeductedforanyoverflightofthespectatorareaand
maybeterminated.
6.3.1.3. Teamsshalldisplaytheiraircraftlocationandaltitudeinrealtime
withrespecttothenoflyzonesandapprovedaltitudelimitsthisis
aprerequisiteforanyflight.
6.3.1.3.1. PurelymanualRCflightswithinthesearchareawillonly
beallowedifaircraftlocationandaltitudecanbe
displayedonthemissionmapdisplaywithmission
boundarynoflyzones,underdirectsupervisionofan
AUVSIsafetyofficer,andaccuratelydisplayedfor
judgesassessment.
6.3.1.4. Aftertakeoff,theairvehicleshallsustainflightatanaltitudebetween
100and750feetMSLforthedurationofthemission.
6.3.1.4.1. Decentbelow100feetMSL(exceptduringtakeoffand
landingintherecoveryarea)orabove750feetMSLat
anytimeshallrequiremanualoverride.Failureof
manualoverridewillresultinflighttermination.
6.3.2. Takeoff
6.3.2.1. Takeoffshalltakeplacewithinthedesignatedtakeoff/landingarea,
shownontheexamplemapofAppendixD,dependingonwind
direction.Thisareawillbepavedasphaltsurface,roughly100feet
wide,withnoheightobstacles.
6.3.2.2. Systemsutilizinglaunchersand/ornotperformingawheeledtakeoff
mayutilizethegrassimmediatelyadjacenttotherunway;however,
seesection6.3.4onairfieldnotes.
6.3.2.3. Teamschoosingtousethegrassareamustworkwiththeirassigned
safetyjudgeregardinglaunchdirection.Theremaybesafety
restrictionsthatlimitthedirectionalaunchercanbefaced.
6.3.2.4. Launcherswillbeinspectedbycompetitionsafetyinspectorsbefore
theyareallowedforuseinthecompetition.Safetyinspectionis
coveredinanothersubsequentsection9.5oftheserules.
6.3.2.5. Takeofffrommovingvehiclesshallbeprohibited.
6.3.2.6. Takeoffundermanualcontrolwithtransitiontoautonomousflight
willbepermittedbutdoesnotcountasanautonomoustakeoff.
6.3.2.7. Thefirsttakeoffwillbescored,regardlessifitismanualor
autonomous.Onlyautonomoustakeoffattemptsonthefirsttakeoff
willearnpoints.Anyotherattemptsatautonomoustakeoffwillbe
eligibleforaprize.
6.3.3. Landing
6.3.3.1. Landingshalltakeplacewithinthedesignatedtakeoff/landingarea,
shownontheexamplemapofAppendixD,dependingonwind
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direction.Thisareaincludespavedasphaltsurface,roughly100feet
wide,withnoheightobstacles.
6.3.3.2. Thetakeoff/landingareawillincludeanareaforgrasstakeoffsand
landings.Allgrasstakeoffsandlandingsmustbedonewithinthe
takeoff/landingarea,witharunwayortaxiwaybetweentheair
vehicleandthestudentsandjudgestentsontheflightline.
6.3.3.3. Controlinlandingwillbesubjectivelygradedforprecisionandsafety.
6.3.3.4. Transitiontomanualcontrolwillbepermittedforlanding.
6.3.3.5. Thelastlandingisscored,regardlessifitismanualorautonomous.
Onlyautonomouslandingattemptsonthefirstlandingwillearn
points.Anyotherattemptsatautonomouslandingswillbeeligiblefor
aprize.
6.3.3.6. Crashesand/orterminationswillnotbeeligibletoearnbonuspoints
forasafelandingorshortmissionclocks.
6.3.4. AirfieldNotes
6.3.4.1. Airfieldelevationis22feetMSL.
6.3.4.2. Airfieldmagneticdeviationis11degreeswest.
6.3.4.3. Grassareasinwithinthetakeoff/landingareawillnotbeprepared.
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7. Description of Mission Tasks
Theflightmissiondemonstrationhasbeendividedintoaseriesofprimaryandsecondarytasks.Teams
shall meet all primary task parameter thresholds first (except landing), prior to attempting any
secondary tasks. The landing may occur after attempting any number of secondary tasks. The team
shall meet the landing threshold in order to receive credit for any secondary tasks; failure to meet the
primarylandingparameterthresholdwilleliminateallsecondarytaskscores.
Theavailabletasksarelistedinthissection,whereasSection8.0providestherelativeweightingoftasks.
7.1. AUTONOMOUSFLIGHTTASK(PRIMARY)
Table2:AutonomousFlightTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
Takeoff Achievecontrolledtakeoff. Achievecontrolledautonomous
takeoff.
Flight Achievecontrolledflight. Achievecontrolledautonomous
flight.
Waypointnavigation
(eachwaypoint)
Capturewaypointinsequence. Capturewaypointautonomously
insequence.
Landing Achievecontrolledlanding. Achievecontrolledautonomous
landing.
7.1.1. Takeoff
7.1.1.1. Atakeoffisconsideredautonomousiftheaircraftisputintoautopilot
mode,andthepilotdoesnotcommandthevehicleduringtakeoff.
7.1.1.1.1. Thepilotorgroundstationoperatorsmayselecta
takeoffbuttonorswitch.
7.1.1.2. Amanuallyactivatedmechanicallauncherwiththeaircraftin
autopilotmodeduringthelaunchandclimboutmaneuverwillbea
validautonomoustakeoff.
7.1.1.3. Ahandlaunchwiththeaircraftinautopilotmodeduringtheentire
throwandclimboutisconsideredanautonomoustakeoff.
7.1.2. Flight
7.1.2.1. Theflighttaskevaluatestheabilitytosafelysustaincontrolledflight.
7.1.2.2. Onceinautonomousflight,thevehicleshouldsustaincontrolled
flightwithnodirectpilotinputtoflightcontrolsorpropulsionpower
toreceiveautonomypoints.
7.1.2.3. Thesensorpayloadmaybemanuallycontrolledwhileunder
autonomousflight.
7.1.3. WaypointNavigation
7.1.3.1. Allairvehiclesshalloverflywaypointsatthespecifiedlocationand
altitudetoreceivecreditforwaypointcapture.
7.1.3.2. Theairvehicleshallnotvaryfromthewaypointflightpaths(100ft).
7.1.3.3. Eachwaypointsspecifiedlocationandaltitudeshallbeachieved
withinanobservedaccuracyof50ft.
7.1.3.4. Thewaypointpathspecifiedmayincludechangesinaltitude.
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7.1.3.5. Toachievepointsforwaypoints,theyshallbeachievedinorder.
Waypointsachievedoutofsequencewillnotbescored.
7.1.4. Landing
7.1.4.1. Alandingisconsideredautonomousiftheaircraftremainsunder
autopilotcontrolduringtheapproach,descent,touchdown,and
rollout(ifapplicable)toafullstop.
7.1.4.2. Adeepstalllandingisanacceptableautonomouslandingprovided
theaircraftisinautopilotduringtheapproachandthemaneuveris
scheduled,notinitiatedbyanoperatorselection.(Theintentisfor
themaneuvertobecompletedwithoutahumaninputprovidingfinal
guidancetiming).
7.2. SEARCHAREATASK(PRIMARY)
Table3:SearchAreaTasks
Parameter Threshold Objective
Localization
(eachtarget)
Determinetargetlocationwithin
100ft.Mustbepairedwithat
leastathresholdclassification.
Determinetargetlocationwithin
50ft.Mustbepairedwithat
leastathresholdclassification.
Classification
(eachtarget)
Identifyanytwotarget
characteristics.
Identifyallfivetarget
characteristics.
AutonomousSearch Flythesearcharea. Flythesearcharea
autonomously.
Secretmessage n/a Decipherthemessageanagram
collectedfromthetargetsinthe
searcharea.
7.2.1. Teamsshallcompletethewaypointnavigationtaskinpropersequenceandmust
passthroughthelastwaypointbeforeenteringthesearcharea.Ifonewaypoint
isoutoforderteamsshallnotscorefullpointsfortargetslocated/classified.
7.2.2. Oncetransitioningintothepredefinedsearcharea,thevehicleshallsearchfor
specifictargetsofinterestwhilestayingwithinthenoflyboundaries.Search
areacoordinateswillbeprovidedtoteamsduringthecheckinandorientation
event.Targetswillbedistributedthroughoutthesearcharea.
7.2.3. TheUASshallcapturetargetimagesandidentifytargetcharacteristicsand
locationsforscores.Theimagesshallbeprovidedtothejudgeseitherwhen
observedonthegroundstationdisplayduringtheconductofthemissionor
whenhandinginthetargetreportsheetwiththeteamsUSBmemorystick.
7.2.4. Competitorsshallrecordthetargetcharacteristicsofallobservedtargetsand
providethisdatatothejudgesonatargetdatasheetand/orinelectronicformin
theformatgiveninAppendixE:ElectronicTargetDataFormatandAppendixF:
TargetScoreSheet.
7.2.5. ImagesshouldbeprovidedtothejudgesontheUSBmemorystickinJPEG
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7.2.6. AreaSearch
7.2.6.1. Airvehiclesshallsearchtheareaatanyaltitudebetween100and750
feetMSL.
7.2.6.2. Thetargetswillbelocatedinthesearcharea.Theairvehiclemayfly
outsidethesearchareawhilesearchingfortargets,butshallnotfly
outsidethenoflyzoneboundary.Therewillbeaminimumof200
feetmarginbetweenthesearchareaandthenoflyzoneboundary.
7.2.7. Targets
7.2.7.1. Targetswillbeconstructedofplywoodofagivensize,basic
geometricshape,andcolor.Foranexample,seeFigure1(andcover
page).

Figure1:ExampleTarget
7.2.7.2. Eachtargetwillbeadifferentgeometricshape(triangles,circles,etc.)
andauniquecolor;adifferentcoloralphanumericwillbepaintedon
eachtarget.
7.2.7.3. Targetcharacteristicsare:
7.2.7.3.1. Shape
7.2.7.3.2. Backgroundcolor
7.2.7.3.3. LetterOrientation(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
7.2.7.3.4. Alphanumeric
7.2.7.3.5. Alphanumericcolor
7.2.7.3.6. Location(latitude,longitude)
7.2.7.4. Therewillbeanunknownnumberoftargetsinthearea.
7.2.7.5. Theminimumdimensionofthetargets(lengthorwidth)willbe2
feet,andthemaximumdimensionwillbe8feet.
7.2.7.6. Thealphanumericwillbesizedtofitwithintheoveralldimensionsof
thetargetvaryingbetween5090%ofthelength/widthofthetarget
andbetween26inchesinthickness,andwillvaryincolorand
contrast.
7.2.8. SecretMessage
7.2.8.1. Teamsshallarrangethealphanumericofthetargetstodecodethe
spellingofasecretmessage,beforeendofmissiontime,inorderto
receivebonuspointsandacashprize.
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7.3. AUTOMATICDETECTION,LOCALIZING,ANDCLASSIFICATION(ADLC)TASK(SECONDARY)
Table4:AutomaticDetectionandClassificationTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
AutomaticLocalization
(eachtarget)
n/a Identifytargetpositionwithin
100ft.
AutomaticClassification
(eachtarget)
n/a Identifyatleastthreeoffive
targetcharacteristics.
FalseAlarmRate(FAR) n/a Demonstrate<50%FAR.
7.3.1. Teamsshalldevelopanalgorithmwhichperformsautomateddetectionof
potentialtargetsandcuestheimageryjudge.Thealgorithmshalllocalizethe
detectedtargetsandautomaticallydeterminethetargetcharacteristics.
7.3.2. Creditwillbegivenforeachtargetautomaticallydetected&cued,uptosix
targets.
7.3.3. ADCmaybeperformedbyanycombinationofairborneorgroundbased
processing.
7.3.4. TeamsshallmaketheirALDCprocessverycleartotheimageryjudgepriorto
aircrafttakeoff.
7.3.4.1. IfajudgeisunclearaboutorsuspectsmanualassistancetotheADLC
process,theteamshallnotreceiveADLCtaskpoints.
7.3.5. DemonstratinganADLCtarget
7.3.5.1. ALLautomaticdetectionsshallbeclearlyshowntotheimageryjudge
withouthumaninteraction(e.g.apopupwindow).
7.3.5.2. Thefirstsixdetectionsshownshallbeconsideredateamsentryforthe
ADLCtask.Thesedetectionsshallbeturnedintothejudgesbyfilling
outasinglededicatedtargetinformationsheet,giveninAppendixX.
ThistargetinformationsheetshallbemarkedclearlywithAutomatic
Detectionsandhandedinseparatefromotherimagerysheets.
7.3.6. FalseAlarmRate
7.3.6.1. IfalistedtargetfailstomeettheobjectiveforlocalizationAND
classification,thattargetwillbeconsideredafalsedetection.The
numberofcorrectADLCtargetswillbedividedbythenumberoflisted
ADLCtargetstodeterminefalsealarmrate.
7.3.6.2. Eachdetection/targetiscountedonce.Ifthefalsealarmrateexceeds
theobjectivelimit,nocreditwillbegivenfortheADLCtask.
7.4. ACTIONABLEINTELLIGENCETASK(SECONDARY)
Table5:ActionableIntelligenceTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
ActionableIntelligence n/a Identifytargetlocationandall5
characteristicswithin50ft.fora
singletargetwhileairborne.
7.4.1. Theactionableintelligencetaskshallprovidejudgescompleteandaccurate
informationofonealphanumerictargetidentifiedduringflight.Oncethe
informationisprovidedtothejudges,itcannotberetractedatanytime.
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7.4.2. Thealphanumerictargetshallbeoneofthoselocatedwithinthesamesearch
areadefinedintheSearchAreatask.
7.4.3. Actionableintelligenceisonlycreditedifallfivetargetcharacteristics(shape,
backgroundcolor,alphanumeric,alphanumericcolor,andorientation)and
locationareprovidedwhiletheaircraftisstillinflight,arerecordedonthetarget
datasheet,andarecorrect.
7.4.3.1. Targetdatadownloadedfromanairvehiclewhileonthegroundand
thenturnedinwhentheairvehicleisairborneagainwillnotbe
scored.
7.4.4. Creditforactionableintelligencewillonlybegivenforonetarget.
7.5. OFFAXISTARGETTASK(SECONDARY)
Table6:OffaxisTargetTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
Imagery n/a Provideanimageoftheoffaxis
target.
Classification Identifyanytwotarget
characteristics.
Identifyallfivetarget
characteristics.
PayloadAutonomy n/a Automaticpersistenttrackingof
theoffaxistargetwhilesearch.
7.5.1. Teamsshallcaptureimageryoftheoffaxistarget,whichwillhavefeaturesthe
sameasthosedescribedfortargetsinsection7.2,SearchAreatask.
7.5.2. Theoffaxisalphanumerictargetwillbelocatedoutsidethenoflyzone.The
coordinatesfortheoffaxistargetwillbeprovidedbytheLeadJudgetothe
TeamCaptainatthestartofmissiontime.
7.5.3. Teamsshallcaptureimageryoftheoffaxistargetwithoutcrossingintotheno
flyzoneboundary.Teamsarewarned:doNOTenterthespecifiedoffaxistarget
locationasawaypointorthecenterofanorbitorYOUWILLFLYOUTOF
BOUNDSandbepenalizedorrequiredtoterminateflight.
7.5.4. Thelocationoftheoffaxistargetwillbeapproximately250500feetbeyond
theedgeofthenoflyzone.Thesystemshouldhavethecapabilitytocapture
imageryatananglesufficienttodetectandimagetheoffaxistargetwithout
directlyoverflyingit.
7.5.5. Imagesoftheoffaxistargetshallbeprovidedtothejudgeswhenobservedon
thegroundstationdisplayduringtheconductofthemission.
7.5.6. Competitorsshallrecordthecharacteristicsoftheobservedoffaxistargetand
providethisdatatothejudgesonatargetdatasheetand/orinelectronicformin
theformatgiveninAppendixE:ElectronicTargetDataFormatandAppendixF:
TargetScoreSheet.
7.5.7. AnimageshouldbeprovidedtothejudgesontheUSBmemorystickinJPEG
formatforproofduringpostmissionscoring.
7.5.8. TheoffaxistargetshallbeidentifiedonthetargetscoresheetorUSBstickby
providingthegivencoordinatesforsame.

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7.6. EMERGENTTARGETTASK(SECONDARY)
Table7:EmergentTargetTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
Inflightretasking n/a Addlastknownpositionofthe
emergenttargetasawaypoint.
AutonomousSearch Searchingforemergenttarget. Autonomouslysearchingfor
emergenttarget.
TargetIdentification Provideanimageofthe
emergenttarget.
Provideanimage,target
locationwithin50ft,and
adequatedescriptionofthe
emergenttargetsactivity.
7.6.1. Atthestartofmissionclock,theleadjudgewillgivetheTeamCaptainanew
emergentsearcharea(withintheexistingnoflyzoneboundaries).TheUASshall
searchwithintheemergentsearchareatolocatetheemergenttarget.
7.6.2. Atthetimeofvehicletakeoff,anupdatedwaypointforthelastknownposition
(LKP)oftheemergenttargetwillbegiventotheTeamCaptain.Thisnew
waypointshallbeuploadedtotheaircraftinflighttomeettheinflightre
taskingobjectiveandwillassistinthelocationoftheemergenttarget.
7.6.3. TheUASflightduringsearchfortheemergenttargetshouldbeautonomous.
7.6.4. EmergentTarget:
7.6.4.1. Theemergenttargetwillbeintheformofahumanengagedinan
activityofinterest,notably,amannequindressedupinsomemanner
performingatask.Forexample,seeFigure2.

Figure2:TheEmergentTargetRescueRandina(left)
7.6.5. TheUASshallcapturetheemergenttargetinanimageforthresholdscore.The
imageshallbeprovidedtothejudgeseitherwhenobservedontheground
stationdisplayduringtheconductofthemissionorwhenhandinginthetarget
reportsheetwiththeteamsUSBmemorystick.
7.6.6. Competitorsshallrecordthecharacteristicsoftheobservedemergenttargetand
providethisdatatothejudgesonatargetdatasheetand/orinelectronicformin
theformatgiveninAppendixE:ElectronicTargetDataFormatandAppendixF:
TargetScoreSheet.
7.6.7. ImagesshouldbeprovidedtothejudgesontheUSBmemorystickinJPEG
formatforproofduringpostmissionscoring.
7.6.8. Theemergenttargetshallbeimagedanddescribedwithenoughdetailto
convincethejudgesofthetargetsactivity.
7.6.8.1. Aninadequatedescriptionoftheemergenttargetactivitypoorly
describesthetargetandmissestheactivity(forexample:aladyis
sittinginachair.).
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7.6.8.2. Anadequatedescriptionoftheemergenttargetactivityhasenough
detailtoidentifythespecificactivity(forexample:aladyin
sunglassesandabikiniissittingachairwithanumbrellaandatowel
...sheappearstobesunbathing.).
7.7. SIMULATEDREMOTEINFORMATIONCENTER(SRIC)TASK(SECONDARY)
Table8:SimulatedRemoteInformationCenterTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
SRICtask DownloadthesecretSRIC
message.
DownloadtheteamsSRIC
messageandperformthetask
definedinthemessage.
7.7.1. TheairvehicleshallcarryanRFcommunicationsrelaypayloadcapableof
receivingdatafromathirdpartySimulatedRemoteInformationCenter(SRIC)RF
transmitterandcommunicatingthedatadowntotheteam'sgroundstationfor
datacapture,displayandaction.
7.7.2. TheSRIChasadirectionalantennaandwillbelocatedinthesearcharea.Theair
vehicleshouldbecapableofremainingwithinthebeamwidthatanaltitude
withinthecompetitionaltituderestrictionsforthedurationoftimeittakesto
obtainthedatafromtheteamfolderontheSRICandrelaytothegroundstation.
7.7.3. ThepositionoftheSRICwillbeprovidedtoteamsattheCheckInand
Orientationevent.
7.7.4. TheUASshalllogintotheSRIC,downloadtheteamsprivateSRICmessageand
displaytothejudges,andperformthetaskdefinedinthemessagetoverify
success.
7.7.5. FormoreinformationabouttheSRICcommunications,seeAppendixH:SRIC
Details.
7.8. INTEROPERABILITYTASK(SECONDARY)
Table9:InteroperabilityTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
Interoperabilitytask n/a Provideastandardpositioning
referencetothejudges.
7.8.1. Theinteroperabilitytaskisintendedtoexposeteamstotheconceptofsystem
ofsystemsbyprovidingtheiraircraftpositiontoanexternalsystem.
7.8.2. TheUASaircraftpositionshallbedisplayedtojudges(andmaybetospectators)
onaGoogleEarthconsoleusingtheconnectionsuppliedbyteams.
7.8.2.1. AjudgewillhavetheGoogleEarthlaptopwhichhasaDB9connector
(female,withpins).Toparticipate,teamsshallprovidetheirown
methodofinterfacingtothisearlyserialRS232interfacestandard.
7.8.3. InterfaceControlDocumentation
7.8.3.1. OutputNMEAstandarddata($GPGGAataminimum)onanRS232
port,9600baud,8bits,noparity,1stopbit.
7.8.3.2. TeamscantestthisbyconfiguringGoogleEarthinrealtimeGPS
importmode:
http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/tutorials/importgps.html.
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7.9. INFRARED(IR)SEARCHTASK(SECONDARY)
Table10:InfraredSearchTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
Classification Identifytheprimarytargetor
symbol.
Identifybothprimary(and
secondary)targetorsymboland
orientation.
AutonomousSearch Flythesearchareawhile
capturingtheIRtargetimage.
Flythesearcharea
autonomouslywhilecapturing
theIRtargetimage.
7.9.1. TeamsshalldemonstratetheyhaveanIRcapabilityandcaptureandlocatetheIR
targetusinganIRsensor(usinganEOcameraandguessingisnotallowed).
7.9.2. AnInfrared(IR)targetwillbelocatedwithinthesearchareapreviouslydefined
inSearchAreatask.ThecoordinatepositionoftheIRTargetwillbeprovidedto
teamsattheCheckInandOrientationevent.
7.9.3. TheUASsearchfortheIRtargetshouldbeautonomous.
7.9.4. Oncetransitioningintothepredefinedsearcharea,thevehicleshallsearchfor
theIRtargetofinterestwhilestayingwithinthenoflyboundaries.Searcharea
coordinateswillbeprovidedtoteamsduringthecheckinandorientationevent.
7.9.5. AprimaryIRtargetwillbelocatedwithinthesearcharea.Analternate
secondaryIRtargetmaybepresented,alsolocatedwithinthesearcharea.
7.9.6. IRTarget(Primary)
7.9.6.1. TheprimaryIRtargetwillbeconstructedofarectangularplywood
basebetween36feetinlengthand36feetinwidth.Theplywood
basewillbepaintedsoitblendsintothebackgroundofthesearch
area.
7.9.6.2. ThetargetwillcontainasingleLatinsymbolorcapitalletteroutlined
byaheatedwireasillustratedinFigure3.
7.9.6.2.1. Thewirewillbeofthetypetypicallyusedbyhobbyists
tocutfoamandelectricallyheatedtoprovideadistinct
thermalsignatureabletobecontrastedwiththetarget
background.
7.9.6.2.2. Thewirewillbeheldapproximately3abovethe
plywoodbystandoffs.
7.9.6.3. Thesymbolorletterwillbeapproximately80%ofthesizeofthe
plywoodbase.
7.9.7. Targetcharacteristicstoberecordedarelimitedto:
7.9.7.1. Location
7.9.7.2. Orientation(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
7.9.7.3. SymbolorCapitalLetter(Example):
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Figure3:IRTargetExample
7.9.8. IRTarget(Secondary)
7.9.8.1. ThesecondaryIRtargetwillbeconstructedtopresentacomplexIR
targetthatmaydemonstrateamovingthermalimagewithina
specifiedarea.
7.9.8.2. TheSUAScommitteereservestherighttointroduce,changeor
eliminatethiscomplexIRtargetbeforetheflightdemonstration
phase.
7.9.9. TheUASshallcapturetheIRtargetimagesandidentifytargetcharacteristicsand
locationforscores.Theimagesshallbeprovidedtothejudgeseitherwhen
observedonthegroundstationdisplayduringtheconductofthemissionor
whenhandinginthetargetreportsheetwiththeteamsUSBmemorystick.
7.9.10. Competitorsshallrecordthetargetcharacteristicsofallobservedtargetsand
providethisdatatothejudgesonatargetdatasheetand/orinelectronicformin
theformatgiveninAppendixE:ElectronicTargetDataFormatandAppendixF:
TargetScoreSheet.
7.9.11. ImagesshouldbeprovidedtothejudgesontheUSBmemorystickinJPEG
formatforproofduringpostmissionscoring.
7.10. AIRDROPTASK(SECONDARY)
Table11:AirDropTask
Parameter Threshold Objective
Release Manualreleasewithin
thetargetarea,froma
specifieddirection,
when<200ft.fromthe
target,fromanaltitude
>300ft.but<400ft.
Autonomousrelease
withinthetargetarea,
fromaspecified
direction,when<200ft.
fromthetarget,froman
altitude>300ft.but<
400ft.
DropAccuracy <100ft.frombullseye. <50ft.frombullseye.
7.10.1. TheairdroptaskisbasedonaUASsearchandrescueoperationrequirementto
dropanemergencyrescuecanistercontainingcommunicationsequipmenttoa
firefighter.
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7.10.2. Teamsshalldemonstratetheyhaveanairdropusinganairdropcanister(plastic
egg).
7.10.3. Anairdroptargetwillbelocatedofftherunwayinthegrassareanearthepit
andspectatorareabutwithinthesearchareapreviouslydefinedinSearchArea
task.
7.10.4. Thecoordinatepositionoftheairdroptargetwillbeprovidedtoteamsatthe
CheckInandOrientationevent.TherescueUASshouldusethetarget
coordinatestovisuallyfindtheexactlocationoftheairdroptargetanddeliver
theairdropcanister.Precisedeliveryoftheairdropcanisterwilldeterminethe
successorfailureofthedrop.
7.10.5. EachUASteamparticipatingintheairdroptaskshallonlydropone(1)canister.
7.10.6. AirDropAlgorithm
7.10.6.1. Theairdropcanistershallbereleaseintotheairstreamatadistance
<200ft.fromtheairdroptargetcoordinates.
7.10.6.2. Theairdropcanistershallbereleaseintotheairstreamatanaltitude
between300ft.to400ft.AGL.
7.10.6.3. Theairdropcanistershallbereleasedintotheairstreamatan
airspeednolessthan25kts.
7.10.6.4. TheUASteammaymakemultiplepassesovertheairdroptargetin
ordertovisuallydeterminethetargetsprecisecoordinates.
7.10.6.5. TheUASteamshallapproachtheairdroptargetfromaspecified
directionforthecanisterdrop.TheLeadJudgewillgivetheTeam
Captainthespecifieddirectionbaseduponlocationtoobservers,
prevailingwindsandsafetyfactors.
7.10.6.6. TheReliefSupplydropdecisionwillfollowthelogicdiagramshownin
Figure4.

Figure4:AirDropDecisionLogic
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7.10.7. Target
7.10.7.1. Theairdroptargetshalluseabullseye,withconcentricringsat50ft.
and100ft.radiusawayfromthecenter,asillustratedinFigure5.

Figure5:AirDropTarget
7.10.7.2. Teamswillbescoredforsuccessfulairdropswithinthetargetrings.
Contactwiththebullseyewillbescoredasabonus.
7.10.8. AirDropCanister
7.10.8.1. Teamsshallprovidetheairdropcanister,whichshallbemadefroma
singletraditionalplastictoyeggshellthatseparatesintotwohalves.
7.10.8.2. Thecanistershallbefilledwithcommonbakingflour.
7.10.8.2.1. Toensureallteamshaveproperingredientsduringthe
competition(nonU.S.teamsmaynotbeabletobring
theirflourintoUS),theSUAScommitteewillprovide
thebakingflourtofillthecanistersbeforecompetingin
theairdroptask.
7.10.8.3. Theteamshallfilltheairdropcanisterduringteamsetuptimewith
theSafetyjudgemonitoringtheprocessoffilling,sealing(nontoxic),
andloadingthecanisterontotheairvehiclepriortoflight.
7.10.8.4. Theairdropcanistershallmeetthespecificationsdefinedhereand
showninFigure5.Anyvariationstothecanisterdesignwillresultin
disqualificationtoparticipateintheairdroptask.

Figure5:AirDropCanisterDesignSpecifications
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7.10.8.5. Theairdropcanisterssizeshallnotexceed1.5inchesx2.0inches,
notcountingtheribbon.AGo/NoGoformfitboxwillbeusedbythe
judgespriortoflighttoensuretheairdropcanisterdoesnotexceed
therequiredsize.
7.10.8.6. Theairdropcanistershalluseadragribbonconsistingofaribbon.
Theribbonshallbe1.5incheswideand5feetlong.Theribbonshall
beattachedeitherinternallyorexternallytotheairdropcanister.
7.10.8.7. Thecompletedairdropreliefcanister,withdragribbon,shallweigha
maximumof4oz.
7.10.8.8. Thedragribbonshallsuccessfullydeployitsentirelength,andshall
notseparatefromthecanister.
7.10.8.9. Theairdropcanisteranddragribbonshallbehighlyvisiblecolors
suchasredorflorescentorangetobeeasilyidentifiedinthegrass
andretrievedfromthefieldtopreventForeignObjectDebris(FOD).
7.10.8.9.1. Annotations,coloringandorothermarkingsontheair
dropcanistermaybeused,providedthetotalweight
doesnotexceedthemaximumallowed.
7.10.9. Releasemechanism
7.10.9.1. Thereshallbeahumaninthelooptoprovidefinalairdroprelease
authorityoftheairdropsystem,e.g.ahumanactivatedswitch.
7.10.9.1.1. Ifateamwishestouseanautonomoussystem,a
humanshallstillbeintheloopwithfullcontrol;a
humancanholdthereleaseapprovalswitch/buttonfor
anydurationoftime,butthesystemshallgosafeonce
thehumanreleasestheapproval.
7.10.10. Releaseauthority
7.10.10.1. TheTeamCaptainshallannouncetotheSafetyJudgewhentheair
dropisimminent(30secondspriortomanualreleasemechanism
activation)andtheArmingswitchisengaged.
7.10.10.2. TheTeamCaptainshallannounceimmediatelytotheSafetyJudge
whenthemanualreleaseitputbackinsafemode.
7.10.10.3. TheSafetyJudgewillechoviaradiotheseannouncementsso
participantsandspectatorscanbegivenaheadsup.
7.10.10.4. Iftheairdropcanisterreleasesunexpectedly,asafetypenaltywillbe
assessed.
7.10.11. Noexplosive,combustibleorcorrosivematerialsshallbeusedinthe
constructionoftheairdroptasksreleasemechanism.
7.10.12. Participationintheairdroptaskshallonlybeallowedforthoseteamsthat
providedemonstratedproofofpriorsafeandsuccessfulcanisterdropswith
documentedresultsintheteamsjournalpaper.
7.10.13. Theteamsairdroptasksreleasemechanism,droplogicandairdropcanister
shallpassUASsafetyinspectionandthejudgesriskassessmentduringtheFRR
oralpresentation,beforebeingallowedtoexecutethistaskintheflightmission
demonstrationphaseofthecompetition.
7.10.14. CompressedairreleasesystemsbasedonAMArulesmaypasssafetyinspection.
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8. Scoring Metrics for Graded Elements
8.1. MISSIONTASKS
8.1.1. Themissionissplitintoseveralindependenttasks.Eachtaskisagradedelement
andcomprisesafeatureofthecompetitorssystem.Taskseachhavespecific
measureableachievementcriteriawithanemphasisonthreetiers:objective,
threshold,andincomplete.Emphasishasbeenplacedonensuringthesetasks
areclearlygradable,basedonfeedbackfromstudentcompetitorsandjudges
overpreviousyears.
8.1.2. Teamsmaychoosetocompleteanynumberoftasks.Themoretasksthatcanbe
completedincreasesthetotalnumberofpointsateamearns,butbewarethat
exceedingmissiontimewillresultinalossofpoints.
8.1.3. ItistheSUAScommitteesintenttosupplymoretasksthancanbecompletedin
theavailablemissiontime.Theteamsshallperformtradestudiestoassesstheir
missionobjectives,anddesignapproach.
8.1.4. Withthiscompartmentalizingofthemissionintotasks,newtaskswillbeadded
ordeletedfromyeartoyeartoaddsomevariabilitytothemission.
8.2. JUDGES
8.2.1. Thejudgesforthecompetitionarevolunteersfromacrossindustryandthe
government,andtheremaybeuniformedservicemembersactingasjudges.
ManyofthejudgeshaveextensiveUASexperience.
8.2.2. Manyjudgeshelpgradejournalpapersaswellastheoralbriefsandflight
demonstrations,butsomejudgesareonlyjudgingthejournalpapers.Judges
involvedwiththeoralbriefingarerequiredtostayinvolvedthroughalloral
briefings.Otherjudgesareonlyassistingwiththeflightmissiondemonstration
phase.Donotassumethateveryjudgehasreadyourjournalpaperandis
familiarwithyoursystem.
8.3. RELATIVEWEIGHTING
8.3.1. TheSeafarerChapterdoesnotspecifyrubricorpointvaluesassociatedwith
scoringforeachtaskofthiscompetition.However,therelativeweightingofthe
varioussectionsisspecifiedsoteamscandeterminehowtofocustheirefforts.
8.3.2. Themajorgradedelementsandtheirweightingare:
8.3.2.1. 25% JournalPaper
8.3.2.2. 25% OralPresentation
8.3.2.3. 50% FlightMissionDemonstration
8.3.3. Foreachphaseofthecompetition,andeachmissiontask,specialscoring
emphasiswillbeseparatelyassessedforcommunicationinjournalpapersand
oralpresentation,formatinjournalpapers,andsystemsengineering,mission
performance,autonomy,andsafetyduringthetasksintheflightmissionphase.
8.4. NORMALIZATIONPROCESS
8.4.1. Introducedinthe2013competition,anormalizationprocessisusedforboththe
journalpaperandtheoralbriefingsinordertoequalizeindividualjudgesor
groupsinteamsofjudges.
8.4.2. Forthejournalpaper,oneteamspaperisselectedforallthejudgestoreadto
establishanormalizationfactorforallindividualjudgesscoresforotherpapers.
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8.4.3. Fortheoralpresentation,oneteamisselectedtopresenttheirFRRbriefingtoall
thejudgesatthesametime,butscoredasseparatejudgingteams,toestablisha
normalizationfactorforeachjudgingteam.
8.4.4. Theflightmissiondemonstrationelementisnotnormalized.
8.5. JOURNALPAPER
8.5.1. Thejournalpapershallincludethefollowingsections:
8.5.1.1. TitlepagewithAbstract
8.5.1.2. Descriptionofthesystemsengineeringapproach
8.5.1.2.1. Missionrequirementsanalysis(whattasksareplanned)
8.5.1.2.2. Designrationale
8.5.1.2.3. Expectedperformance(achievingthetasksplannedfor)
8.5.1.2.4. Programmaticrisksandmitigationmethods
8.5.1.3. DescriptionsoftheUASdesign
8.5.1.3.1. Designdescriptionsoftheairvehicle,methodof
autonomy,datalink,payload,groundcontrolstation,
dataprocessing,andmissionplanning
8.5.1.3.2. Missiontasksbeingattempted
8.5.1.3.3. Targettypessupportedbyautonomousdetection(if
utilized)
8.5.1.3.4. ThejournalpapershallincludeaphotooftheUASair
vehicle
8.5.1.4. Testandevaluationresults
8.5.1.4.1. Missiontaskperformance
8.5.1.4.2. Payloadsystemperformance
8.5.1.4.3. Guidancesystemperformance
8.5.1.4.4. Evaluationresultssupportingevidenceoflikelymission
accomplishment.
8.5.1.5. Safetyconsiderations/approach
8.5.1.5.1. Specificsafetycriteriaforbothoperationsanddesign
8.5.1.5.2. Safetyrisksandmitigationmethods
8.5.2. Theelectronicjournalpapershallbepreparedsothatifanevaluatorprintsthe
document,itmeetsthefollowingformatrequirements:
8.5.2.1. 8.5x11inchpaper
8.5.2.2. Singlespacedtypedlines
8.5.2.3. Notlessthan1inchmargins
8.5.2.4. Notsmallerthan10pointTimesNewRomanfontintext
8.5.2.5. Eachpageshallhavetheschoolandteamname,andpagenumber,in
thefooter.
8.5.2.6. Nomorethan20pagestotal.Pagesbeyond20pageswillnotbe
graded(*judgesareinstructedtoonlyprintpages120).
8.5.2.7. Aformalcoverpagewillnotbeincludedinthepagecountlimit.
8.5.3. JournalpapersshallbeelectronicallysubmittedinPDFformat.
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8.5.4. Journalpapersfilenamesshallincludetheschoolandteamname,abbreviated
asneeded,andhavetheprefixJP(capitallettersJPwillidentifythefileas
thejournalpaper,whichmustbedifferentfromthefactsheetfilename)
8.5.5. Eachteamwillbeprovidedexplicitinstructionsonhowtologinanduploadthe
journalpaperstotheteamsuniquefolderontheSUASSharePointsite.
8.6. ORALPRESENTATION
8.6.1. TheoralpresentationshallbeaFlightReadinessReview(FRR)briefingtoateam
ofjudges,andwillnotbearestatementofthetechnicaljournalpaperas
suggestedinAppendixC:FlightReadinessReview(FRR)Rubric.
8.6.2. TheFRRoralpresentationshallnotexceed15minutesintotalduration,followed
byamaximumperiodof5minuteswherethejudgeswillaskquestionsandthe
teamshallanswer.Afterwards,anotherperiodofroughly5minutesisallocated
forjudgestoreviewandinspectthestaticdisplay.Ajudgewilltimethe
presentation,providea2minutewarning,andcutoffpresentationsifneeded.
8.6.3. TheFRRoralpresentationshallcoverthefollowingtopics:
8.6.3.1. Apremissionbrief
8.6.3.2. Systemandsafetyoverview(whattasksareplannedfor)
8.6.3.3. Resultsofdevelopmentaltest(DT)
8.6.3.4. Evidenceandtestdatavalidatingalikelymissionaccomplishment
8.6.3.5. Astaticdisplayshallbeusedtoassistincommunicationduringthe
briefing,andwillincludetheairvehicle,groundcontrolsystem,
relevantequipmentandothersupportingdocumentationand
preparationsofreadinesstoperformthemission.
8.6.3.5.1. AdisplaylimitedtoPowerPointslidesisnotadequate.
8.6.4. TheFRROralPresentationshouldfollowasimpleoutlineassuggestedbelow:
8.6.4.1. TeamCoordination
8.6.4.1.1. Reviewtheteammembersexperienceand
effectivenessofcoordination.
8.6.4.2. SystemDescription
8.6.4.2.1. Describethesystem,whattasksareplanned,andany
programmaticrisks(onlysufficientforthejudgesto
understandthebasicelementsandteamconfidence).
8.6.4.3. SystemSafetyOverview
8.6.4.3.1. Identifysafetyrisks,avoidanceandmitigationstrategy.
8.6.4.4. ResultsofDevelopmentalTest(DT)
8.6.4.4.1. Discusstestplanning,whattestswereperformed,the
results,anycorrectiveactionstakenandimpactthey
hadonsystemimplementation.Thisscopecaninclude
subsystemandsystemlevelsimulationandtesting
performedduringbench/laboratory,ground,andflight
testeffortstoacquiretestdataandevaluate
performanceof:componentsorsubsystems,airvehicle
integration,groundcontrolsystemintegration,fullUAS
integration,andmissionperformance.
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8.6.4.5. EvidenceofLikelyMissionAccomplishment
8.6.4.5.1. Reviewdemonstratedperformancebaseduponeither
systemorsubsystemleveldevelopmentteststhat
supportsuccessfulmissiontaskaccomplishmentduring
theflightdemonstration.
8.7. FLIGHTMISSIONDEMONSTRATION
8.7.1. Theflightmissiondemonstrationisbrokenintotasks.Thesetasksaregiven
relativeweightinginordertoaideteamsinfocusingtheirtechnicalefforts.
8.7.2. Tasksprioritiesweightingtiersarespecifiedaseitherprimaryorsecondary.Task
parametersinthesametierarescoredwiththesamemaximumweighting(i.e.,
saythatTaskAandTaskBarebothprimarypriority.TaskAconsistsofthree
parameters,andTaskBconsistsofoneparameter.FullcompletionofTaskAis
worth3timesasmuchasfullcompletionofTaskB).Seethedescriptionofeach
taskinSection7foralistingofthetaskparameters.
8.7.2.1. Primarytasksareintendedtobethecoremissionfocus,andshallbe
completedfirstbeforescoringanypointsonsecondarytasks.
8.7.2.2. Secondarytasksareintendedtobestretchobjectives,andassuch
willbescoredwithlessweightingthanprimarytasks.
8.7.2.3. Theweightingsoftasksare:
8.7.2.3.1. 60%Primary
8.7.2.3.2. 40%Secondary
8.7.3. Eachmissiontaskparameterissplitintothreecompletionlevels:incomplete,
threshold,andobjective.Thesecompletionlevelsdenoteweightingtiers.See
thedescriptionofeachtaskinSection7.0fordetailsaboutthecompletionlevel
foranindividualmissiontask.
8.7.3.1. Incompletespecifiesthatateamdidnotachievethethreshold
criteria
8.7.3.2. Thresholdspecifiestheminimallyacceptablecompletioncriteria,and
isscoredatalossrelativetotheobjectivelevel
8.7.3.3. Objectivespecifiesthedesiredcompletioncriteriaformaximum
points
8.7.3.4. Theweightingsofcompletionlevelsare:
8.7.3.4.1. 0%Incomplete
8.7.3.4.2. 50%Threshold
8.7.3.4.3. 100%Objective
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9. Safety Regulations
9.1. FLIGHTOPERATIONS
9.1.1. Flightoperationsofanytypeinvolvesomelevelofrisktopersonneland
property.Itistheresponsibilityofallpersonnelinvolvedinandaroundflight
operationstoidentify,evaluateandmitigateriskstothemaximumextent
possible.Systemsthatdonotmeettherequirementslistedbelowwillnotbe
permittedtofly.
9.2. LIABILITY
9.2.1. SeafarerChapterofAUVSIandthehostorganization,theiremployeesand
agents,aswellastheSUAScommittee,areinnowayliableforanyinjuryor
damagecausedbyanyentry,orbythedisqualificationofanentry.
9.2.2. Eachmemberofparticipatingteamsshallsignandsubmitawaiverholding
SeafarerChapterofAUVSIandthehostorganizationharmlessofanyaccident
claims.Theform,describedinAppendixC:FlightReadinessReview(FRR)Rubric,
shallbeturnedinduringtheCheckinandOrientationprocess.
9.3. AIRVEHICLE
9.3.1. Aircraftshallcomplywiththe2013OfficialAcademyofModelAeronautics
(AMA)NationalModelAircraftSafetyCode,
(http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/105.pdf)exceptasnotedbelow:
9.3.1.1. Autonomousoperationisauthorized.
9.3.1.2. GENERALallrulesapply;2(f)replacedbyteamname,notAMA
teamname.
9.3.1.3. RADIOCONTROLallrulesapply.
9.3.1.4. FREEFLIGHTnotapplicable.
9.3.1.5. CONTROLLINEnotapplicable.
9.3.2. Themaximumtakeoffgrossweightoftheairvehicleshallbelessthan55lbs.
whenfueledandweighedwithacalibratedscaleduringSUAScompetition
inspections.
9.3.3. Themaximumairspeedoftheairvehicleshallnotexceed100KIAS.
9.3.4. Thesystemshallprovidesufficientinformationtothejudgesonacontinuous
basistoensurethatitisoperatingwithinthenofly/altitudeboundaries.
9.3.5. Theairvehicleshallbecapableofmanualoverridebythesafetypilotduringany
phaseofflight.
9.3.6. FlightTermination
9.3.6.1. Theflightterminationsystemshallbecapableofactivationbythe
safetypilotorpilotincommand.
9.3.6.2. Areturnhomeorreturntoland(RTL)system,ifinstalled,shallbe
capableofactivationbythesafetypilot.
9.3.6.3. Theairvehicleshallautomaticallyreturnhome(takeofflocation)
afterlossofprimarycommunicationslinksignalofmorethan30
seconds.
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9.3.6.4. Theairvehicleshallautomaticallyterminateflightafterlossof
primarycommunicationslinkofmorethan3minutes.
9.3.6.4.1. Iftheairvehicleflightterminationsystemis
independentoftheprimarycommunicationslinkthen
theairvehiclemaycontinuewithanautonomous
returntohomeorRTLroutineifinstalled.
9.3.6.5. Flightterminationforfixedwingaircraftwithoutanalternate
recoverysystem(likeaparachute)shallselect:
9.3.6.5.1. Throttleclosed
9.3.6.5.2. Fullupelevator
9.3.6.5.3. Fullrightrudder
9.3.6.5.4. Fullright(orleft)aileron
9.3.6.5.5. Fullflapsdown(ifsoequipped)
9.3.6.5.6. Forotherthanfixedwingairvehicles,similarsafety
requirementswillbeassessedwhichresultinapower
offrecoveryinminimumenergymannerataspoton
thegroundnomorethan500ftradiusovertheground
fromthepointoftheterminationcommand.
9.3.6.6. Thefailsafecheckwilldemonstrateflightterminationontheground
byswitchingoffthetransmitradiofor30secondsor3minutes
(whicheverapplies)andobservingactivationofflightterminate
commands.
9.3.6.6.1. Questionsregardingconductofthesafetycheckmaybe
senttotheSUASCompetitionDirectordetailedin
Section10.1.8
9.3.7. Exotic,unusualfuels/batteriesorcomponentsshallnotbeused.Any
fuel/batterycombinationdeemedhighriskintheopinionofjudgeswillbe
disqualified.
9.3.8. Allbatteriesusedintheairvehicleshallbecoloredbrightlytofacilitatelocating
themintheeventofacrash.Wrappingbatteriesinbrightcoloredtapeis
preferred.
9.3.9. Atleast25%oftheupper,lowerandeachsidesurfaceofthevehicleshallbea
brightcolor(white,yellow,etc.)tofacilitatevisibilityintheairandintheevent
ofacrash.
9.4. GROUNDCONTROLSYSTEM
9.4.1. Thegroundcontrolsystemshallnotexceedmorethanonemotorvehicleand
onetrailerattheflightline.
9.4.2. Allgroundvehiclesshallbeofftherunwayareaandparkedinthegrass.
9.4.3. Thegroundcontrolsystem,beingalocalrepositoryontheflightlineofall
aspectsoftheoverallsystemexcepttheairvehicle,shouldincludeadequate
safetymaterialsforpersonnelprotectiveequipment(PED)(tools,gloves,eye
protection,hearingprotection,etc.),safetyriskmitigation(training,checklists,
etc.)andequipmenttosupportrapidresponsetoaccidents(firstaidkit,fire
extinguisher,etc.)asneeded.
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9.5. SAFETYINSPECTIONS
9.5.1. Allaircraftshallundergoasafetyinspectionbydesignatedcompetitionsafety
inspectorspriortobeingallowedtomakeanycompetitionornoncompetition
(i.e.,practice)flight.
9.5.2. Alldecisionsofthesafetyinspector(s)shallbefinal.
9.5.3. QuestionsregardingconductofthesafetyinspectionmaybesenttotheSUAS
SafetyInspectorcontactdetailedinSection10.1.8.
9.5.4. Safetyinspectionsshallincludeaphysicalinspection,failsafecheck,flight
terminationcheck,andamaximumweightcheck.
9.5.5. Physicalinspectionofaircraftshallinclude:
9.5.5.1. Verifyallcomponentsadequatelysecuredtovehicle.
9.5.5.2. Verifyallfastenerstightandhaveeithersafetywire,locktite(fluid)or
nylocknuts.
9.5.5.3. Verifypropeller/rotorstructuralandattachmentintegrity.
9.5.5.4. Visualinspectionofallelectronicwiringtoassureadequatewire
gaugesandconnectorsinuse.Teamsshallnotifysafetyinspectorof
expectedmaximumcurrentdrawforthepropulsionsystem,if
electric.
9.5.5.5. Radiorangechecks,motoroffandmotoron.
9.5.5.6. Verifyallcontrolsmoveinthepropersense.
9.5.5.7. Checkgeneralintegrityofthepayloadsystem.
9.5.5.8. Verificationoffailsafemodeoperationcoveredbymanualoverride
andpilotcommandedflighttermination.
9.6. LAUNCHERS
9.6.1. Takeoffshallnotbeallowedfrommovingvehicles.
9.6.2. Launchersshallbeinspectedbycompetitionsafetyinspectorsbeforetheyare
allowedforuseinthecompetition.
9.7. OTHER
9.7.1. Nomorethantenteammembers,oneadvisor,andonepilotwillbeallowedin
themissionarea(totalof12people).
9.7.2. Locationofairvehiclesfortakeoffmustbepastthecenterline,awayfromthe
tents,andthedirectionofflightduringtakingoffandlandingshouldavoidusing
therunwayneartheteamandjudgingflightlinearea.
9.7.3. Noobjectsshalldepartfromtheaircraftwhileinflight(exceptduringintentional
executionoftheairdroptask).
9.7.4. Anyteamshardware,softwareorpersonnelthat,intheopinionsofthe
competitionofficialsortherepresentativesofthehostfacilities,posean
unreasonablesafetyhazardtopersonnelorproperty,orrisktotheintegrityof
thehostfacility,willbedisqualifiedandnotbeallowedtooperate.
9.7.5. Officialswillhavetherighttodisqualifyanyentrythattheydeemahazard.
9.7.6. NoteamsForeignObjectDebris(FOD)recoverteamsshallbeontheactive
field/runwaywhenanotheraircraftispreparingtolaunchorintheairunless
coordinatedandapprovedbytheCompetitionDirectororSafetyJudge.
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9.7.7. Opentoedshoes/flipflopsshouldnotbewornduringsafetyinspections,flight
lineoperations,orwhenairvehicleenginesarepowered(eveninthepitarea).
9.7.8. Ifanyoneobservesanyoneinanunsafeactivityoranimminentlyunsafeactivity,
saysomething!Safetyisasharedresponsibility.
9.7.9. Judgesmaydeductpointsaspenaltyforproceduralsafetyerrors(even
accidental),notrelateddirectlytoflightmission,suchasimpropersafety
practiceinthepitarea.
9.7.10. ThedecisiononasafetycallbytheOnFieldSafetyOfficerwillbefinal.
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10. Competition Clauses
10.1. OFFICIALINFORMATIONSOURCE
10.1.1. Ifateamexperiencestechnicaldifficultieswithelectronicsubmissions,theymust
contacttheCompetitionDirectorpriortotherelevantsubmissiondeadline.
10.1.2. AllsubmittalswillbeelectronicviatheteamsfolderontheSUAScompetition
SharePointsite,excepttheinitialregistrationapplicationandregistrationfee.
10.1.3. TheSUASCompetitioninternetURL:
10.1.3.1. http://www.auvsiseafarer.org
10.1.4. TheSUASCompetitionSharePointlogininformation:
10.1.4.1. SharePointURL:https://suas.auvsi
seafarer.org/SitePages/Home.aspx
10.1.4.2. Specificteamusernamesandpasswordswillbeprovidedbythe
CompetitionDirectorafterregistrationshavebeenaccepted.
10.1.5. TheSUASCompetitionemailaddresses:
10.1.5.1. To(all):tim.piester@urs.com;wayne.devereux@wyle.com;
mark.r.pilling@saic.com;elledge_kerstin@bah.com
10.1.5.2. Subjectline:2014SUASandschoolorteamname.
10.1.6. TheSUASCompetitionmailingaddress:
AUVSISeafarerChapter
P.O.Box141
California,MD20619
10.1.7. The2014UniversityDayconferencephonecallnumberandWebexmeetingURL:
10.1.7.1. Chooseoneofthefollowingnumberstodial:
Ifteamscallinfromanofficelocationwithonsitenumber(s)(listedbelow),try
thisnumberfirst.Ifyoudonothaveonsiteaccess,oryouarenotamemberof
thehost'scompany/organization,useoneoftheothernumbersshown.
*TollFreeNumber(inUSA):8883691427
*CallerPaidnumber:6023332024
*Blackberry(TollFreeNumber):8883691427x2303854#
*Anumberinyourcountryorinacountryclosetoyou(maybetollfree):
https://www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/glbAccess?process=1&accessN
umber=8883691427&accessCode=2303854
Whenprompted,entertheMeetingAccessCode:2303854#
10.1.7.2. ToconnecttotheWebConferenceuseURL:
https://connect15.uc.att.com/urs/meet/?ExEventID=82303854
10.1.7.3. Ifteamsareinterested,theSUAScommitteecanforwardtheWebex
meetingmakeriftheschoolsprovideanemailaddress.
10.1.8. The2014SUASCompetitionpointofcontact:
SeafarerChapterPresidentTimPiester
BaseAccessDawnJaegerandJimCurry
CompetitionDirectorMarkPilling
HeadJudgeWayneDevereux
SafetyInspectorRobRoss
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10.1.9. TheofficialElectronicFundsDepositinformation(restrictedtoUSteamsand
sponsors):
AccountReference:SeafarerChapter,Inc.
BankName:PNC
BankAccountNumber:5570088086
BankABARoutingNumber:054000030
10.1.10. The2014SUASCheckinandOrientationlocationaddress:
PatuxentRiverNavalAirMuseum
22156ThreeNotchRd,LexingtonPark,MD20653
Phone:3018637418
Website:http://paxmuseum.com/
10.1.11. The2014SUAScompetition(oralpresentationandflightmissiondemonstration)
locationandaddress:
NavalAirStationPatuxentRiver
WebsterOutlyingField
St.Inigoes,MD20684
Website:http://www.wiki.somd.com/index.php/Webster_Field
10.1.12. The2014SUASAwardsBanquetlocationandaddress:
HollywoodVolunteerFireDepartment(HVFD)SocialHall
24801ThreeNotchRd
Hollywood,MD20636
Phone:3013733910
Website:http://www.hvfd7.com/content/hall/
10.2. OFFICIALPARTICIPATION
10.2.1. Allemails,writtensubmissions,oralpresentationsanddiscussionsshallbein
English.
10.2.2. Allapplications,forms,technicaljournals,photos,etc.providedeitherasane
mailattachmentoruploadedtotheofficialSharePointsite,shallbesubmittedin
PDFformat.
10.2.3. AllofficialpaymentsshallbemadeinU.S.dollars(USD).
10.2.4. RegistrationpaymentshallbeasCheck,MoneyOrder,orElectronicBank
Deposit.
10.2.5. Theteamsregistrationisnotconsideredofficiallyreceiveduntiltheproperly
completedapplicationformandthefullamountofentryfeehavebeenreceived
byAUVSISeafarerChapter,inaccordancewiththerequirementsofSection10
andbeforethedeadlinelistedintheScheduletableinSection3.
10.3. OFFICIALREGISTRATIONAPPLICATION
10.3.1. EachteammustcompletetheapplicationforminAppendixA:ApplicationForm.
10.3.1.1. Teamsmustprovideprimaryfinancialandtechnicalcontactswith
detailedaddressestoensureregistrationandpaymentquestions,
reimbursements,andprizemoneypaymentscanbeproperly
accountedforandtracked.
10.3.2. Deadlinefortheregistrationapplicationformandpaymentislistedinthe
ScheduletableinSection3.
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10.3.3. RegistrationapplicationformsshallbeeithermailedoremailedtoTreasurer,
AUVSISeafarerChapter,attheaddresslistedinSection10.1.
10.3.4. Teamswillreceiveanacknowledgementofreceiptofregistrationapplicationand
paymentfromtheSUAScommittee.Ifapplicationsareincomplete,paymentwill
notbeprocessedandmaybereturnedwithafailuretomeetregistrationnotice.
10.3.5. Teamswhofailtoproperlymeettheapplicationrequirementswillbeinformed
bytheCompetitionDirectororTreasureoftheAUVSISeafarersChapterwithin
twoweeksafterthedeadlinelistedintheScheduletableinSection3.
10.3.6. Duetothelargenumberofteamsinterestedincompeting,theSUAScommittee
reservestherighttolimitthetotalnumberofentriesthatareallowedto
competebydeclaringthecompetitionclosedtonewentriesatanytime.
10.3.6.1. Aswithallofficialinformation,thisannouncement(shoulditbe
necessary)willappearontheofficialinformationsourcewebsite.
10.4. OFFICIALREGISTRATIONFEE
10.4.1. The2014SUASCompetitionregistrationfeeis$500USD.
10.4.1.1. TeamsoutsideoftheUnitedStatesmustmailchecksormoney
orders.
10.4.2. Paymentshallbeto:AUVSISeafarerChapter.
10.4.3. RegistrationfeesshallbemailedorwiredtotheTreasurer,AUVSISeafarer
Chapter,attheaddresslistedinSection10.1.6.
10.4.4. DeadlinefortheregistrationfeeislistedintheScheduletableinSection3.
10.4.5. RegistrationapplicationandregistrationpaymentmustBOTHbepostmarkedno
laterthanthedeadlinedateandtimeinthecompetitionScheduletobe
registered.
10.4.6. Ifateamdoesnotmeettheregistrationprocessrequirements,theregistration
feewillbereimbursed.
10.4.7. Nocreditstofuturecompetitionsshallbegranted.
10.5. WITHDRAWALPROCESS
10.5.1. Ifateamdecidestowithdrawfromthecompetition,theTeamCaptainmust
formallysubmitawrittenrequesttowithdrawtotheSUASCompetitionDirector.
10.5.2. Therequesttowithdrawmaybebyemailorbypostingawrittendocument
titledWithdrawalintheteamsSharePoint,asdefinedinSection10.1.
10.5.3. ThedeadlineateammaywithdrawfromtheSUAScompetitionandstillreceivea
reimbursementoftheregistrationfeeisdetailedinthescheduleofSection3.
10.5.4. Failuretoproperlywithdrawfromthecompetitionbythedeadlineshallresultin
forfeitureoftheregistrationfee.
10.5.5. Reimbursementcheckswillbemadeouttothepersonororganizationlistedon
theregistrationapplicationtoreceivetheprizemoney,unlessthewithdrawal
notificationindicatesadifferentpersonororganization.
10.5.6. Nocreditstofuturecompetitionsshallbegranted.
10.6. DOWNSELECTION
10.6.1. TheSUAScommitteemayimplementadownselectionprocesstorestrictthe
numberofteamsfromparticipatinginanyoneorallphasesofthecompetition.
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10.6.2. Theinitialformofdownselectionisaccomplishedonafirstcomefirstserved
basis.Therefore,latesubmissionofateamsapplicationformand/or
registrationfeewillresultinthatteamsregistrationnotbeingacceptedto
compete.Teamsareencouragedtoregisterearly.
10.6.3. Otherformsofdownselectionmaybeusedtoreducethenumberofteamsable
toexecutethemission.Thismaybeimplementedasthecompetitiontimeline
progressesanddependsontheteamstimelysubmissionandcontentof:Fact
SheetsandProofofFlightvideo;TechnicalJournalPapers;OralPresentations;
andSafetyInspections.Schoolsmaybelimitedtoenteringmorethanoneteam.
10.6.4. Someofthedownselectionprocesscanoccurafterthewithdrawdeadlinehas
passed,atwhichtimetheteamshallforfeititsabilitytocompeteinthisphase.
10.6.5. Aswithallofficialinformation,thisannouncement(shoulditbenecessary)will
appearontheofficialinformationsourcewebsite.
10.7. TEAMPARTICIPATION
10.7.1. Teamsdonotneedtocompeteinallportionsofthecompetitiontowinprizes.If
ateamsubmitsajournalpaper,butcannotattendthecompetitiondays,they
maystillwinacashprizeforrankingofthejournalpaper.Likewiseateamcould
submitajournalpaperandgivetheiroralbriefwithoutperformingtheflight
missiondemonstrationandstillreceiveprizes.Thismightoccurduetoacrashof
theirairvehicleshortlypriortothecompetition.
10.7.2. Prerequisitesforparticipationintheflightmissiondemonstrationphaseinclude
successfulsubmissionofatechnicaljournalpaper,successfullypassingthesafety
inspectionandpresentingtheoralbriefingFRRwherejudgesassesstheteams
readinessforflightisacceptable.
10.8. TEAMMEMBERSHIP
10.8.1. Fulltimeundergraduateorhighschoolstudentsincludingnomorethanone
graduatestudentshallcomposetheteam.
10.8.2. Ifafacultyadvisor,nonstudentsorAUVSIStaffisusedastheairvehiclepilot,
theyarenotcountedasteammembers.
10.8.3. Membersfromindustry,governmentagencies,oruniversities(inthecaseof
facultyoradditionalgraduatestudents)mayadvisetheteam;however,they
shouldnotdirectlycontributeinthecreationofthedesign,test,paper,or
presentation.
10.8.4. Thefacultymember/advisorwillsignastatementthattheteamconsistedofno
morethanonegraduatestudentandsubmititwiththeteamlist.
10.8.5. Nomorethantenpeoplefromeachschoolwillbecoveredbycompetition
expenses(food,shirts,etc.).Anyadditionalteamoraccompanyingmemberswill
berequiredtopayfortheirexpenses.
10.8.6. Universityparticipantsshallbeenrolledattheirschoolsforatleast12credit
hoursormoreperquarterorsemesterduringwinter2013and/orspring2014to
beconsidered"studentsunlessclearedbytheCompetitionDirector(Winter
2013orSpring2014graduatingseniorsarenotconsideredasgradstudentsfor
thiscompetition).
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10.8.7. Highschoolstudentsshallbeenrolledattheirschoolsaccordingtothecounty,
state,orcountryrequirements.Homeschooledhighschoolstudentsare
welcometojoinotherhighschoolteamsorcreatetheirownteam.
10.9. STUDENTPARTICIPATION
10.9.1. Thestudentmembersofateamshallmakesignificantcontributionstothe
developmentoftheirentry.
10.9.2. Onestudentmemberoftheteamshallbedesignatedasthe"TeamCaptain."
OnlytheTeamCaptainwillspeakfortheteamrelatedtoallaspectsofthe
competition.
10.9.3. Teamsregisteringtocompeteshallindicateontheirapplicationformthename
oftheindividualororganizationtowhomprizecheckswillbemadepayable.
10.9.4. Advisorsmayoperateassafetypilotsandmaycommunicatetotheteaminthe
safetypilotrole.
10.9.5. Advisorsshallnotcoachorparticipatewiththeteamonnonsafetyconductof
themission.Facultyand/oradvisorscannotdoanythingbutbethesafetypilot
duringthecompetition.Studentsshalloperatethesystems,presentdata
analysis,etc.inallphasesofthecompetition.
10.10. CONTESTANTFACILITIES
10.10.1. Competitorsarenotrequiredtoidentifythefacilitiestheyusedforsystem
integrationandflighttesting.
10.11. GOVERNMENTFACILITIES
10.11.1. TheAUVSISeafarerChapterofSUASCompetitionshallbeconductedaboard:
10.11.1.1. NavalAirStation(NAS)PatuxentRiver,Maryland(MD),WebsterField
Annex.
10.11.2. AllpersonnelattendingtheSUASCompetitionshallbeclearedforaccessto
WebsterField.
10.11.3. Forteammembers,faculty,orgueststhatareUnitedStatescitizens,the
followinginformationshallbesubmittedintheteamsSharePointfolderbythe
deadlineintheScheduleofSection3.
10.11.3.1. Name,DateofBirth,PlaceofBirth,andSocialSecurityNumber.
10.11.4. AllnonU.S.citizens,andthoseU.S.citizenswhowerebornoutsidetheU.S.,shall
submitacopyofapassport,visa,ornaturalizationcertificate.
10.11.5. AllnonU.S.citizensshallbeescortedwhenonsiteatWebsterField.
10.11.6. Ifteamsrequirelettersofinvitationtothecompetition,arequestforaletter
shallbeaddressedtoSUASCompetitionDirectoralongwiththeregistration
application.
10.11.7. ForinternationalteamsorU.S.teamswithnonU.S.citizens,aletteronCollege
orUniversityletterhead,signedbyanofficialschooladministrator,shallbe
submittedbythedeadlineintheScheduleofSection3.
10.11.7.1. Asampleofthelettertobesubmitted,datarequirements,and
forwardinginstructionswillbesenttotheteamafterregistrationhas
beenaccepted.
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10.11.8. Internationalteamsmustbegintheprocessveryearlyinordertoobtain
passportsandVisassothattherequireddatacanbesubmittedtoNavySecurity
officialsinordertogainaccesstoWebsterField,andtoallowinternationaltravel
intheU.S.
10.11.8.1. Inpastcompetitions,someteamshavenotbeenabletotravel
becausetheydelayedinobtainingpassportsandvisas.
10.11.9. AllnonU.S.citizens(members,students,orvisitors)mustreceiveproperbase
accessbadgeandvehiclepasses,andbeescortedonbasebyauthorizedSUAS
representatives.
10.11.9.1. AnynonU.S.citizenswhosubmittheirpassportsorvisasafterthe
deadlinedefinedintheSectionofSection3shallNOTbegranted
accesstoWebsterField.
10.11.10. Officialsshallhavetherighttohaveanypersonsimmediatelyescortedfromthe
facilitywithoutnotice.
10.12. BASISFORAWARDS
10.12.1. Thejudgingteamwillevaluateonagraduatedbasisthecompetitorscompliance
totherequirementssetforthinthissolicitation.
10.12.2. Judgesmayawardprizebarrelsforcompletingmissiontasks(subjecttochange,
basedonsponsorshipfunding):
10.12.2.1. Anawardmaybegiventothebestoverallsafety
approach/execution.
10.12.2.2. OverallawardforthebestcombinedscorefromJournal,Oral
Presentation(FRR),andFlightMissionDemonstration.
10.13. OFFICIALPAYMENTOFPRIZEMONEY
10.13.1. Plaquesand/orprizemoneyareawardedtotheteamsexcellinginthe
competitionsprimarycategoriesandachievingtheselectprizebarrels.
10.13.2. Teamsreceivingprizemoneywillbegivenchecksforthespecifiedprizeamount
attheAwardsBanquet.
10.13.3. Checkswillbemadeoutfordistributiontotheacademic,teamorindividual
namespecifiedontheteamsapplicationform.
10.14. TEAMLOGISTICS
10.14.1. Teamsshallberesponsibleforallplanning,executionandshippingcosts
(inclusiveofallexportrulesandduties)fortransportationofequipmentto/from
thecompetition.
10.14.2. Teamsshallberesponsibleforallplanning,executionandtravelcoststo/from
thecompetition,includinghotelsandfoodoutsidethecompetition.
10.14.3. Teamsshallberesponsibletoforallchangefeesorcancelationfeesassociated
withairlineticketsandhotelsreservations,eveniftheSUAScommitteedoesnot
accepttheteamsregistrationapplication,ortheteamfailstomeetanyofthe
competitionrequirementsandisdownselectedorbecomesdisqualified.
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11. Appendix A: Application Form
Application
2014StudentUASCompetition
TwelfthAnnualStudentUASCompetition
June1822,2013
NASPatuxentRiver;WebsterField,MD.
1. College/University/School:_____________________________________________________
2. NameofTeam/Vehicle:_______________________________________________________
3. FacultyAdvisor/Staff(includingphone#):_________________________________________
4. FacultyAdvisorPhoneNumber:_________________________________________________
5. FacultyEmailaddress:________________________________________________________
6. TeamCaptainName:_________________________________________________________
7. TeamCaptainTelephoneNumber______________________________________________
8. TeamCaptainEmail:_________________________________________________________
9. TeamContactAddress:_______________________________________________________
10. TeamCity,State/Province:_____________________________________________________
11. TeamZipCode/Country:______________________________________________________
12. Important!NameonCheckPrizeAwardswrittento:________________________________
13. Sponsor(s)ifany:____________________________________________________________
APPLICATIONFORMandPAYMENT:Mustbedate/timestampedbyDEADLINEinRules,Section3.
RegistrationFee:$500USD.
Payableto:AUVSISeafarerChapter
MailingAddress:
AUVSISeafarerChapter,Treasure
P.O.Box141
California,MD20619
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12. Appendix B: Fact Sheet Format
1. School:____________________________________________________________________
2. NameofTeam/Vehicle________________________________________________________
3. TeamCaptain/PointofContact(name,emailaddress,&phonenumber):_______________
______________________________________________________________________________
4. Basicdescriptionofairvehicleandsystems:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
5. Airvehiclecontrolfrequencies:_________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
6. Payloadcontroland/orimageryreceiptfrequencies:________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
7. Fueland/orbatterytype:______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
8. Airvehicledimensions(includinggrossweight):____________________________________
9. Launchers,vehicles,andotherlargeequipmentthatwillbebroughttothecompetition:
____________________________________________________________________________
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13. Appendix C: Flight Readiness Review (FRR) Rubric
TheFRRisamultidisciplinarytechnicalreviewtoensurethatthesubsystemorsystemunder
reviewisreadytoproceedintoflightmissiondemonstration.TheFRRassessestestobjectives,
testmethodsandprocedures,scopeoftests,andsafety.TheFRRverifiesthetraceabilityof
teststocompetitionrequirements.TheFRRdeterminesthecompletenessoftestprocedures.
TheFRRassessesthesystemunderreviewfordevelopmentmaturity,effectiveness,andriskto
determinereadinesstoproceedtoflightmissiondemonstration.
TheFRRshouldanswerthefollowingquestions:
Willtheplannedflightverifyalldirectlytraceablerequirements?
Istheconfigurationofthesystemsufficientlymature,defined,andrepresentativeto
accomplishplannedtestobjectivesand/orsupportdefinedprogramobjectives?
Haveallplannedpreliminary,informal,functional,unitlevel,subsystem,system,and
qualificationtestsbeenconducted,andaretheresultssatisfactory?
Haveallapplicableflight/systemlimitationsbeendefinedandagreedto?
Istheplannedtestproperlyresourced(people,testarticleorarticles,facilities,data
systems,supportequipment,logistics,etc.)?
Havethecrewmembersbeentrainedproperly?
Hasadiscrepancyidentificationandreportingsystembeendefinedandagreedto?
HaveGo/NoGocriteriabeendefinedandagreedto?
Whatisthefallbackplanshouldatechnicalissueorpotentialshowstopperariseduring
flightmissiondemonstration?
Hasafinalreportingprocessbeendefinedandagreedto?
Whatistheexpectedresultandhowdothetestresultsaffecttheexpectedflight
missiondemonstrationoutcome?
Whataretherisksassociatedwiththeflightmissiondemonstration,andhowarethey
beingmitigated?

FRRsuccesscriteria:
A. Identifiedrisklevelisacceptable.
B. Thejudgmentthatpreviouscomponent,subsystem,andsystemtestresultsforma
satisfactorybasisforproceedingintoflightmissiondemonstration.

Testandevaluationiscriticaltoevaluatingthesystem.TheFRRensuresthatthetestingwhich
wasconductedproperlyevaluatedthesystemandthatthesystemisreadytobeflowninthe
flightmissiondemonstration.

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14. Appendix D: Map of Competition from 2010 SUAS (Example Only)

Mapkey
Blueoutline: spectatorandparkingarea
Redoutline: noflyzoneboundary
Greenoutline:searcharea
Yellowpath: waypointsequence
Whiteoutline:takeoffandlandingdesignatedarea
Yellowpins: flightlinestations
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15. Appendix E: Electronic Target Data Format
Namethefileusingtheinitialsofyourschoolorteamasatextfile(.txt).

9fields,tabdelimited,newtargetoneachline.Examplefortwotargets:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
01 N303534.123 W0754847.123 N rectangle red A orange target1.jpg
02 S340012.345 E0020112.345 SE square orange 4 yellow target2.jpg

Field1Targetnumber,twodigits,startingat01andincrementbyoneforeachadditional
target.Targetnumberisassignedbyteam.
Example:01,02,03,etc.

Field2Latitudeinthefollowingformat:firstcharacterNorS,twodigitdegrees(useleading
zerosifnecessary),followedbyspace,twodigitminutes,followedbyspace,twodigitseconds
followedbydecimalpointandupto3digits(thousandthsofasecond)
Example:N303534.123

Field3Longitudeinthefollowingformat:firstcharacterEorW,threedigitdegrees(use
leadingzerosifnecessary),followedbyspace,twodigitminutes,followedbyspace,twodigit
secondsfollowedbydecimalpointandupto3digits(thousandthsofasecond)
Example:W0754847.123

Field4Targetorientation,uptotwocharacters
Example:N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW

Field5Targetshape;listgeometricshapeasappropriate:
Example:rectangle,square,triangle

Field6Targetcolor,asappropriate.
Example:Red,Orange,Yellow,etc.

Field7Alphanumeric,asappropriate
Example:A,b,2,&

Field8Alphanumericcolor,asappropriate
Example:Red,Orange,Yellow,etc.

Field9NameofJPEGfilewithimageoftarget
Example:target1.jpg

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16. Appendix F: Target Score Sheet (Example)
Target#_____ActionIntel?YIR?Y Target#_____ActionIntel?YIR?Y
Latitude:
(N/Sdddmmss.sss)
Latitude:
(N/Sdddmmss.sss)
Longitude:
(E/Wdddmmss.sss)
Longitude:
(E/Wdddmmss.sss)
Orientation:
(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
Orientation:
(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
Shape: Shape:
BackgroundColor: BackgroundColor:
Alphanumeric: Alphanumeric:
AlphanumericColor: AlphanumericColor:
Target#_____ActionIntel?YIR?Y Target#_____ActionIntel?YIR?Y
Latitude:
(N/Sdddmmss.sss)
Latitude:
(N/Sdddmmss.sss)
Longitude:
(E/Wdddmmss.sss)
Longitude:
(E/Wdddmmss.sss)
Orientation:
(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
Orientation:
(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
Shape: Shape:
BackgroundColor: BackgroundColor:
Alphanumeric: Alphanumeric:
AlphanumericColor: AlphanumericColor:
Target#_____ActionIntel?YIR?Y Target#_____ActionIntel?YIR?Y
Latitude:
(N/Sdddmmss.sss)
Latitude:
(N/Sdddmmss.sss)
Longitude:
(E/Wdddmmss.sss)
Longitude:
(E/Wdddmmss.sss)
Orientation:
(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
Orientation:
(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,NW)
Shape: Shape:
BackgroundColor: BackgroundColor:
Alphanumeric: Alphanumeric:
AlphanumericColor: AlphanumericColor:
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17. Appendix G: Radio Frequency Management Packages
FREQUENCYBAND A B C D
E(pits)
Initialization
72MHzforRC Teambyteamspecialapprovalrequired
UHFISMBand
433MHZ(431
435MHZ)
FHSS
ISMbISM1ndradio
modemcovering
the902928MHz
FHSS
1.2.1.3GHzanalog
videosystems
Channel1
1.08GHz
Channel3
1.16GHz
Channel5
1.24GHz
Channel7
1.32GHz
Channel8
1.36GHz
2.4GHzRC
(2.42.485)
SpreadSpectrum
2.4GHzWiFi

Channel3
Channel1for
SRIC
Channel5
Channel1for
SRIC
Channel7
Channel1for
SRIC
Channel9
Channel1for
SRIC
Channel11
Channel1for
SRIC
5GHzWiFi DFS
OrChannel36
DFS
OrChannel44
DFS
OrChannel
149
DFS
OrChannel
157
DFS
OrChannel
165
NOTE:Systemsshallbedesignedsuchthatmultiplesystemscanoperatesimultaneouslyusing
theRFspectrummanagementschemedescribedintherules.Useofanycommunication
frequenciesnotdescribedshallbeprohibitedunlessthedetailsareclearlydefinedintheFact
SheetsubmittedandtheteamhasreceivedwrittenauthorizationfromtheCompetition
Director.

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18. Appendix H: SRIC Details

FIGURE1:SRICCONNECTIONDIAGRAM
1.0 General
1.1 Scope:Thisdocumentprovidesorreferencesthedatadefinitionsrequiredfor
transferofdatafromtheSimulatedRemoteInformationCenter(SRIC)tothe
competingteamsUAS.Thesedefinitionsencompassthedatalinkandmessage
interfaces.

2.0 EquipmentDefinition:
2.1 TheSRICwillcompriseofalaptopcomputerrunningMicrosoftWindows7,a
LinksysModelWRT54GLWirelessBroadbandRouter,a10dBattenuator,anda
TRENDnetModelTEWA014DHighgaindirectionalantenna.TheSRICblock
diagramisshowninFigure2.

FIGURE2:SRICBLOCKDIAGRAM

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2.2 TheLinksysWRT54GLRouterandtheLinksysURLareshowninFigure3.
2.3 TheTRENDnetModelTEWA014DHighgainDirectionalAntennaandthe
TRENDnetURLareshowninFigure4.

FIGURE3:SRICROUTER
http://homedownloads.cisco.com/downloads/WRT54GL_V11_DS_NCWEB,0.pdf

FIGURE4:SRICANTENNA
http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=145_TEWAO14D&cat=926
3.0 APPLICABLEDOCUMENTS
3.1 IEEE802.11gspecificationavailableat:
http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.11g.html
3.2 TheSUASRulesareavailablefromtheAUVSIStudentCompetitionwebsite.
http://www.auvsiseafarer.org
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4.0 INTERFACEDESCRIPTIONS
4.1 LogonProcedures:
4.1.1 Theantennalocationandthewirelessnetworknamewillbeprovidedatthe
CheckinandOrientationevent.
4.1.2 TherouterIPaddress,netmask,andstaticIPAddress,networkpassphrase,and
foldernamewillbeprovidedbytheLeadJudgeatthestartofsetuptimeonthe
flightline.
4.1.3 Studentswillbeallowedtotestthenetworkconnectionduringthepracticeday.
4.1.4 ThestudentteamsshalluseWiredEquivalentPrivacy(WEP)encryptionwhen
accessingSRIC.
4.1.5 Whenflyinginthespecifiedarea,connecttothenetwork.Therouterwillbe
locatedonwirelesschannel1at2.412GHz.
4.1.6 Entertheprovidednetworkpassphrase.
4.1.7 DynamicHostConfigurationProtocol(DHCP)willbeenabled.IfdynamicIPis
notused,astaticIPaddresswillbeprovided.
4.1.8 Afternetworkconnectionisconfirmed,entertheprovidedIPaddress.
4.1.8.1 Anexampleisbelow:FTP://192.168.1.110/auvsi/team1.
4.1.9 Openthefolderandfindauniqueteamfilewithinthefolder.Thisfolderwillbe
readonly.
4.1.10 FollowtheSUASrulestoallowthejudgestoscoretheteamssuccessinopening
thefolderandaccessingtheuniqueteamfilewithinthefolder.
4.2 AntennaPatterns
4.2.1 ThedirectionalantennapatternsareshowninFigure5.

FIGURE5:DIRECTIONALANTENNAPATTERN
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19. Appendix I: Notice of Risk; Disclaimer of Liability; Waiver of Claims
Form

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