A contest to design next-generation drones for combat and defense will soon be underway. The participants? College students at U.S. institutions of higher education. The contest is called the FirePoint C3 Challenge, and it’s being administered by the FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State University, a collaboration between that school and the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation and Missile Center (CCDC AvMC). The challenge, which will be open to university students around the U.S., asks teams to submit a design proposal for a specific component within a UAV subsystem—lift, energy, or structure. Up to 10 teams will then be selected to develop a proof of concept and finally collaborate to design and fabricate an integrated working prototype for final presentation to the Army, which will happen in February 2021. The final reports and demonstration will be presented to the U.S. Department of Defense, along with other industry experts in aerospace, aviation and manufacturing. “Our mission with C3 is twofold. First, our primary directive is to develop the next generation of engineers and innovators to fuel the Army’s talent pipeline, and there’s no better way to do that than by exposing students to the technologies, techniques and career opportunities available,” said Steve Cyrus, Manager of Technology Collaborations with FirePoint. “Second, by building partnerships between the U.S. Army and universities across the country, we hope to bring some of the best university technology to market where it can support both U.S. military and American manufacturing superiority.” Dassault Systemes is a… [Read full story]
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