The sixth mission of the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) was controlling a small UAV into a remote town on terror base, passing a unique security gap, avoid the laser alarm network, looking for the thumb drive containing plan of terrorist attack and replace with a fake one and then securely retreat without triggering the alarm. The whole task was finished in less than 10 minutes by Tsinghua Throne team. On August 8, based on news from the United States avenue of the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) the U.S. teams had all failed to complete the task, thus the Tsinghua University team which was the first completing the task in the Asia-Pacific Division became the only team finishing the task.
The 6th IARC Mission
The 6th Mission of the AUVSI Foundation’s International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) was initially held on the campus of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) on 13 August 2010. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation will award the accumulated $40,000 bonus to the Tsinghua THRONE team for their outstanding performance which excelled above that of the 32 teams from seven nations entered into the Sixth Mission.
Introduction of International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)
The International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) began in 1991 on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and is the longest running university-based robotics competition in the world. Since 1991, collegiate teams with the backing of industry and government have fielded autonomous flying robots in an attempt to perform missions requiring robotic behaviors never before exhibited by a flying machine. In 1990, the term “aerial robotics” was coined by competition creator Robert Michelson to describe a new class of small highly intelligent flying machines.