Northrop Grumman is helping to sponsor of a competition in Australia for secondary and university students to build and demonstrate unmanned aerial vehicles for civilian emergency response applications.
Eleven Australian high school teams competed in the airborne delivery event of the UAV Challenge – Outback Rescue that occurred Sept. 24 and 25 in Queensland, Northrop said Monday.
The search-and-rescue challenge is scheduled for Sept. 22 through Sept. 26, 2014 and is open to amateurs and college students from around the world.
“This competition is significant because it introduces high school and university students to UAV technology and shows them how it can help solve real-world problems,” said Ian Irving, CEO of Northrop’s Australian business.
Northrop says the contest is a partnership between Australian government and research organizations and aims to raise awareness of drones’ non-military uses.