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A man launches a drone in front of an agricultural field.
Cavin Skidmore, a flight operations technician at MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Lab, launches an unmanned plane system on the college’s R.R. Foil Plant Sciences Research Center, identified by many as North Farm. (Photo by Chris Bryant)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Participants are invited to compete for as much as $720,000 in prizes in an unmanned plane system design and construct problem co-managed by a Mississippi State college flight laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, generally known as NIST, is internet hosting the competition to advance the usage of unmanned plane methods in first responder search-and-rescue operations. Known because the First Responder UAS Triple Challenge, the competition is managed by Kansas State University, in partnership with MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory.

NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research, or PSCR, division will settle for contest entries starting Aug. 2, 2021, with a number of phases working via June 2022.

“Our goal at PSCR is to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced wireless communications for the public safety community,” stated Dereck Orr, division chief. “These prize competitions are a way for us to find solvers from around the world to help us with this important research.”

Prize recipients can be decided by a panel of judges, assisted by a crew of subject material specialists, via every stage of the competitions. To find out about eligibility necessities, go to, and for further details about the problem and to register, go to

“Unmanned aircraft systems are increasingly revolutionizing various aspects of society, including how emergency responders do their jobs,” stated Tom Brooks, MSU Raspet director. “Mississippi State welcomes the opportunity to bring our UAS experience to support this competition that is sure to advance technologies available to public safety professionals.”

The competition is comprised of three challenges with three completely different focus areas—all geared toward advancing UAS expertise to assist vital, lifesaving missions:

—The FastFind: UAS Search Optimized Challenge is targeted on search and rescue operations utilizing optical sensors and information evaluation to enhance picture detection and location.

—The LifeLink: UAS Data Relay Challenge is centered on supporting steady supply of broadband information in a degraded mobile space.

—The Shields Up! Securing UAS Navigation and Control Challenge asks individuals to establish cybersecurity threats and countermeasures to forestall navigation and management of the UAS.

The UAS Search Optimized and the UAS Data Relay occasions will each culminate with reside flight competitions in Starkville through the week of June 20, 2022, climate allowing.   

 “This project has been a long time in the making for our team at K-State,” stated Kurt Barnhart, who’s main the Okay-State contract crew. “We are privileged to be able to partner with the challenge team at NIST in their ongoing effort to push innovative technologies forward for first responders to use as they work tirelessly to help us when we need it the most. We’re also excited to be working jointly with the excellent team at Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory to develop and deliver three competitions.”

The First Responder UAS Triple Challenge affords individuals the prospect to make use of their ingenuity and hardware-building experience to satisfy public security’s wants.

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, requirements and expertise in ways in which improve financial safety and enhance high quality of life. To study extra about NIST, go to

MSU is Mississippi’s main college, obtainable on-line at

About Kansas State University

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is house to its Unmanned Aircraft Systems program which is a nationwide chief within the unmanned aviation discipline and supplies many engagement and training alternatives.

About MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory

MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory is the nation’s main educational analysis middle devoted solely to the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Raspet is the one institute on the planet designated each because the FAA’s UAS Safety Research Facility and as official UAS Test Sites for each the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security. Home to a fleet of the biggest and most succesful unmanned plane in educational use, Raspet conducts UAS analysis on behalf of federal companies and industrial business alike, and it stays a world chief in composite materials analysis.


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