During the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference, Aug. 12-15 at the DC Convention Center, Princes Aliyah represented the Great Falls community as the CEO of Kashmir-Robotics to announced the first ever Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge. In response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Wildlife Protection, Kashmir-Robotics is hosting a National Wildlife Conservation Challenge to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking.
It calls on students, hobbyists, academics and corporations to cooperate in a Build & Fly challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.
The challenge is based on simulated wildlife poaching and trafficking activities. Each Challenge Scenario will be composed of three phases.
Phase One—teams will propose a concept that includes aircraft, sensors, embedded systems, communications and operational concepts.
Phase Two—teams will fabricate their aircraft and demonstrate air worthiness and safety at their local AMA flying fields.
Phase Three—teams will compete in the challenge scenario. Specific details of the challenge scenario will not be released until the morning of the competition, so teams will need to be prepared to adjust flight profiles, sensor parameters and data processing as needed. Evaluations will be based on performance of the aircraft and ability of the aircraft systems to support the mission. Monetary and scholarship prizes will be awarded to regional winners and national champions. The winning UAV will participate in counter-poaching missions throughout South African National Parks. More....