Lockheed, Mubadala task students with drone payload solution

Lockheed, Mubadala task students with drone payload solution
The market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) such as drones will expand as security agencies use them on FIFA World Cup and Euro Cup sites. [Representational image]
Published: 16 March 2017 - 3:39 p.m.
By: Shayan Shakeel

Lockheed Martin is calling for participants in its year-long Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Payload Design Challenge. Launched with Mubadala Aerospace and Engineering Services, the program challenges UAE universities to design, develop, and integrate payloads onto a Lockheed Martin INDAGO, an UAS with endurance, payload options and advanced ground control software.

The competition aims to encourage local engagement within the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and develop problem-solving skills to take them from university to industry.

Student teams will submit ideas to an industry panel and the winning ideas will be selected to work with Lockheeed Martin engineers who will guide them through the design and prototype process. At the end of the year-long program, student teams will test and integrate their prototype payloads in a live field demonstration and maintain the intellectual property to the payload.

“It is important to provide the next generation with opportunities to learn about unmanned systems and develop their skills in this important technology. We strongly believe that this challenge will enable them to take the lead in driving innovation and sustainable growth in the UAE for decades to come,” says Robert S. Harward, CEO Lockheed Martin, UAE.

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