Aerial Robotics take to the skies over Fort Benning

The 2008 International Aerial Robotics Competition is continuing today at Fort Benning, with unmanned aerial robotic vehicles being put through their paces in pursuit of $80,000 in prize money.

The vehicles are built by teams of college and university students. This year, ten teams, from, the United States, Canada and India are competing at Fort Benning's McKenna Urban Operations Sitethe last.

The competition is broken down into four levels, with the degree of difficulty for each mission progressing with each level. During the various stages, the vehicles, which are unmanned and are not flown by a human operator, attempt to fly to a specific location, identify a specific building and entrance into that building, and dispatch a sensor probe that performs reconnaissance via still photo, live video or slow scan television.

To complete level four, the most complex, a team must accomplish the above in 15 minutes or less.

This is last year the competition is at Fort Benning. It is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

For more information on the competition, and the various programs competing, check out the organizations website at http://avdil.gtri.gatech.edu/AUVS/IARCLaunchPoint.html.