For all their sophisticated capabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) still have some issues when it comes to "perch and stare" surveillance operations, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Those shortcomings came up at DARPA’s recently completed UAVForge, a crowdsourcing competition at Ft. Stewart, GA aimed at the design, construction and eventual manufacture of an advanced small UAV.
More than 140 teams and 3,500 individuals from 153 countries and territories participated on UAVForge.net -- the collaborative portal that hosted the year-long competition, said DARPA. UAVForge concluded recently with nine finalist teams demonstrating air vehicles in a fly-off event at Ft. Stewart. The fly-off scenario, conducted on a training site, was a simulated military “perch-and-stare” reconnaissance mission, said DARPA.