Kansas State University Salina’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Club landed a Top 10 finish at the 11th annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aircraft Systems Competition at Webster Field, an annex of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.
The club placed eighth out of 47 teams and earned $3,800 in prize money, which is more than what was awarded last year.
It was the team’s second year at the competition.
Teams were judged on a written report, an oral flight readiness review and their performance of a flight mission.
In the competition scenario, teams assisted a group of U.S. Marines tasked with humanitarian relief and security of a small island nation in the Caribbean that had been impacted by an earthquake and was being taken advantage of by pirates.
Part of the mission was searching for items of interest and conducting reconnaissance.
The team won cash prizes for placing first in helicopter design, first in safety, fifth on oral review and seventh for flight performance.
Members of the team include Sam Lada, senior in professional pilot and main payload operator, and Mark Wilson, senior in unmanned aircraft systems and mission coordinator, both from Wamego.