A Look At UAV Competitions And Future Technologies

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Drones are rapidly transforming the way businesses and organizations conduct business and this is why drone competitions are now a staple of many different industries. The UAV market, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, has exploded over the past five years as manufacturers try to meet customer demand. As a result of these trends, many different industries have begun to embrace the concept of drone competitions. In doing so, they can create a competitive edge over their competitors while also establishing new sales channels. Ultimately, this can lead to increased profits and ultimately, job growth.

Burgeoning Sports Market

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One such example of a new sector that has adopted the idea of drone competitions is the burgeoning sports market. The UAV industry has come of age and there are now a number of drone racing events taking place throughout the world. While some of these drone racing competitions may be purely symbolic, others are actually real sporting events being hosted by racers and the fans who support them. Such drone competitions, such as the one in which drone racers won the first-place prize at the International Drone Prix in London last month, show the power of this versatile technology.

One of the first cities to take full advantage of the potential of drone competitions was the city of Minnesota. Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota have long been renowned for their passion for hockey and for their commitment to outdoor sports and entertainment. In response to this, in late February of this year, the city of Minneapolis announced that it will be hosting its own drone competition in March of next year.

Face Of The Technology

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If this isn’t enough proof that drone competitions are changing the face of the technology, there is another example right here in the United States to look at. Last month, Google released two new programs that, in the words of the company’s vice president of engineering and head of product management, “will help to advance the state of the art of wireless communication.” One of these endeavors is a project called Project Ion and the other is a university-based program called Unmanned Aerial Vehicle testing. Just like the drone tetra and dragonfly applications, these two endeavors will provide eye-catching ways to showcase drone technologies to the general public.

The University Of Virginia 

The University of Virginia boasts one of the biggest teams of drone pilots and is responsible for the design and development of several new programs. Two of the members of this team have already earned their wings with the United States Air Force. One of them is a member of the Defense Advanced Research Agency and the team’s project manager is a member of the Naval Aviation Institute. This is particularly significant because Darpa is the agency that manages the Air Force’s unmanned aerial vehicle programs. Google’s project ion and the University of Virginia’s project will work closely with the NDA to develop cutting-edge ideas and techniques for air rifles using a carbon nano filament material.

Last Words

If you’re a manufacturer or an entrepreneur who’s considering launching a UAV or robotic application into the defense realm, you should know that there will likely be a UAV competition in the next five years. Many members of the military are looking for systems that will allow them to reconfigure themselves in order to remain hidden from their enemies. Robotic applications will likely play a large part in this future of warfare, but many of these endeavors will still use the same UAV components that win last year’s Aerial Robotics Competition. Keep your eyes open for news on UAV components for potential future competition.

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