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First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge – Design Trade-Offs to Improve Flight Time

Terese Manley  (Prize Challenge Manager, Public Safety Communications Research, NIST)

Paul Allen  (CEO, Advanced Aircraft Company)

Location: N261

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Track: Emergency Comms: LMR, LTE, 5G

Format: Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

The Challenge goal was to advance UAS technology for public safety. One barrier is to fly a drone for 90+ minutes while carrying a heavy payload. Since payload capacity, energy source, flight characteristics, and flight time are linked together through design trade-offs, PSCR is exploring ways to increased flight endurance and communications for first responders.