NASA Announces Winners of Challenge to Design Hurricane-Tracking Uncrewed Aerial Systems



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A team of students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg captured first place in NASA‘s University Aeronautics Design Challenge with its proposal for the “Gobble Hawk” high-altitude, long-endurance uncrewed aerial system for tracking and collecting data on hurricanes…
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Taking second place, the team at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, designed the OQ451-5 Trident, a hydrogen-powered UAS capable of seven days of uninterrupted flight.

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The team at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville secured third place with its submission, an aircraft dubbed The Big WAHOO, which has a flight endurance of 7.5 days.

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