Explorer Post 1010 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) 2023

Our Team
Explorer Post 1010 signed up for the 2023 UAS4STEM (Uncrewed Aircraft Systems) competition in the fall of 2022. We added a added a few new members in late 2022 and started again.

We held meetings and work sessions at the Rockville Science Center storefront (36C Maryland Ave). We practiced flying at the Red Gate Park in Rockville (an old golf course).

Using the quad-copter from 2021, we repaired and improved the flight systems. We replaced the mission mechanisms to meet the mission requirements. We continuously improved our operations and worked to meet the challenge.

UAS4STEM requires the students to build and fly a mid-size quad-copter through a competition course in a limited time. A team is limited to 10 members, who must complete an on-line training session. The preliminary competition is in spring, and if invited, the national competition is in August. Every member needs to join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). A youth membership is available at https://www.modelaircraft.org/joinrenew.aspx for $15/year.

The big challenge was designing and creating a mechanism to pick several different items and drop them off at another target. This was similar to 2022, when you only had a single bottle. We tried several different mechanism. We ended up with a system that worked well but you needed to land over the item.

Here is a Slideshow for the whole project.

AMA LogoThe Mission  (2023 Rulebook)
"A small group of people are stranded after a flash flood. While rescuers have determined a search area, they are unsure of the exact whereabouts and conditions of those stranded. Your team has been called upon to provide rapid response, via an Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS), that can support the Search and Rescue (SAR) mission. In order to support this mission, your UAS must comply with Special Instructions (SPINS) for departure and arrival procedures, and then remain within assigned airspace. It will be tasked to search an area for items of interest and to conduct point reconnaissance. As part of this mission you will be required to pick up and subsequently deliver a small payload to a designated area."

We received designs of the targets (Water Bottle, First Aid Kit, and Marshmallows). There was an update to the rules in March.

Our Team Name: Some Assembly Required

 Ethan Shay
 Jasmine Li
 Julian Dahiya
 Lindsay Kossoff
 Muhammad Bryant
 Nathan Chen
 Robert Coates
 Samantha Nicole Kay
 Theophilus Ansu
 Veronica McMahon
- A.I. Developer/Air Boss
- Mission Specialist/Team Captain
- Air Boss
- Strategic Technician/Visual Observer
- Safety Pilot/Pilot in Command
- Scoring Captain
- Aircraft Specialist/Backup Pilot
- Safety Specialist
- Safety Specialist
- Strategic Technician

The team was fortunate to have Tom May return as our adult mentor. He is skilled in aeronautics engineering. His wife, Beth May, was also very helpful in managing the team, working logistics, and guiding the project presentations. They were key to the success of this project.

Mor Testing
Preliminary Competition

As the weather improved, we started flying more to resolve the issues with grabbing the items. We created a Check List for flying.

For the preliminary competition, we presented from the Rockville Science Center storefront. The team prepared a Preliminary Presentation (PowerPoint) and gave it using Microsoft Teams. We also had to show our skill in running Mission Planner.

We got a great score and were invited to the Final Competition.

We continued working with grabbing mechanisms. It was a challenge.

Date Flight YouTube Video
3/17/23 Proof of Flight Video https://youtu.be/y77gqqI5RBQ
4/10/23 Promotional Video https://youtu.be/5feKZ4-C2P8
6/20/23 Preparing for Flight Test https://youtu.be/tXrrJbYhnIE
7/17/23 Marshmallow Pickup Test https://youtube.com/shorts/-XVuLdk4EvA
7/17/23 Landing on First Aid Kit https://youtube.com/shorts/GU_P8ih14CQ
7/17/23 Takeoff with First Aid Kit https://youtube.com/shorts/efREVsDYIeE

Second Place Final Competition

The Final competition was held in Oshkosh Wisconsin, July 23-28. It was held in conjunction with the annual international AirVenture aviation festival.

We gave a great National Presentation (PowerPoint) in July. And we flew our quadcopter successfully but failed to transport the Marshmallow to a new location. The festival was a great opportunity to see and interact with aviation exhibits. We received a message from the International Space Station.

We were awarded second place. We lost to the first place team by one point. Also, Muhammad won a $500 scholarship which is given to a graduating senior each year for dedication and determination.
See the AMA Winner Announcement.

We came up with some ideas for improving. We are planning for 2024.

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 Last Updated on January 3, 2024