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International Aerial Robotics Competition at Fort Benning

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's an unmanned aerial robotic.

College students from around the world are at Fort Benning's McKenna Urban Operations Site this week competing in the annual International Aerial Robotics Competition.

The event ends Thursday morning with the final judging.

The annual contest, sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, promotes the worldwide advancement of unmanned vehicle systems.

The vehicles are required to fly to a specified location, identify a particular structure, dispatch a sensor probe and perform reconnaissance by still photo, slow scan television or live video. Ideally, launch-to-data retrievals are accomplished in 15 minutes or less.

The public is invited to watch the final day action at McKenna.

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