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Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

2024 Cybersecurity and AI Risk Management for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) Working Group

2024 IEEE-RAS Response Robotics Seasonal School and Workshop

Learn More About the UAS 6.0 Prize Challenge

Uncrewed Aircraft Sytems

First responders often operate in environments that are dangerous and difficult to navigate. The Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) portfolio executes prize challenges that incentivize industry and researchers to develop drone technology to assist first responders in these situations. Through these prize challenges, PSCR drives innovation to improve the tools critical to search and rescue (SAR) operations, situational awareness, and more.

PSCR Webinar: The History & Future of the PSCR Drone Program
PSCR Webinar: The History & Future of the PSCR Drone Program
This webinar, hosted by NIST's PSCR Division, features updates and impacts regarding the PSCR UAS, aka drone, prize challenge program. UAS Prize Challenge Manager Terese Manley and IT Security Specialist Don Harriss discuss the history and impacts of the drone program to date. Additionally, they provide updates on the current UAS Indoor Challenge and discuss the future of the PSCR drone program.

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Portfolio Mission:

To advance the capabilities of uncrewed aircraft systems and provide safe, effective, and reliable solutions to first responder in their crucial missions by conducting cutting-edge research for emergency response operations.

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Portfolio Vision:

To lead the innovation of uncrewed aircraft system technology that supports public safety efforts in disasters or emergency situations with degraded or destroyed communications infrastructure.

Featured Project

There is an urgent need to provide real-time situational awareness to first responders in indoor environments that have been compromised by severe damage due to fire, flood, structural collapse, and other potentially dangerous situations. The First Responder UAS Indoor Prize Challenge (UAS 4.0) addressed this need by developing a cost-effective uncrewed vehicle that can be used by Incident Command in a constrained environment. However, more can be done to improve UAS as a tool for first responders. The next NIST PSCR UAS competition, the First Responder UAS 3D Mapping Challenge, explores cost-effective UAS solutions capable of producing three-dimensional (3D) maps of an indoor environment that precisely locates obstacles, damaged structures, people, and other areas or points of interest in real-time or near real-time useful.

Learn more about the 2023 First Responder UAS 3D Mapping Challenge

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Created February 13, 2023, Updated February 29, 2024