NASA Langley opens registration for spring 2020 competition

NASA has announced it has opened registration for its Langley´s Safeguard with Autonomous Navigation Demonstration (SAND) Challenge, the administration said.

The SAND Challenge will be an opportunity for small businesses to compete in an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle competition. The challenge will address some of the safety critical risks associated with flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the national airspace system such as flight outside of approved airspace, unsafe proximity to people or property, and critical system failure.

NASA Langley´s patented Safeguard technology will be used to help small business competitors mitigate such risks while they complete a set of complex mission profiles. Safeguard is a verified and validated independent system originally designed to monitor off-the-shelf UAV systems and if/when necessary physically prevent the vehicles from entering no-fly zones or leaving approved airspace.

The SAND Challenge will be held in May of 2020 in Hampton, Virginia.