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Advanced Air Mobility - Concepts
Innovation Challenge for Students

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Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is an emerging unmanned aviation technology that is evolving in front of us. The aviation industry around the world is enthusiastically moving towards deploying into the airspace Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) such as the electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVOTL) vehicles. The AAM ecosystem includes platforms, technologies, infrastructure, and services. Aviation authorities are trying to keep pace with the industry and working hard to develop the regulations needed to make AAM safe and secure. AAM aircraft operate between AAM aerodromes within AAM Corridors – a performance-based airspace of defined dimensions in which aircraft abide by AAM specific rules, procedures, and performance requirements. Aircraft operating within AAM corridors follow specific procedures and do not receive Air Traffic Control separation services en route [1]. Air corridors are expected to be at an altitude of 500–2000 ft above Ground Level (AGL). As the density of aircraft and scale of operations increase, AAM corridors require rules of engagement for maintaining separation and deconfliction between aircraft.
Goals and Objectives
The purpose of this innovation challenge is to engage undergraduate and graduate students across the world in developing novel concepts in unmanned air transportation. It is an opportunity for promoting drone research and education activities within the student community and to encourage them to engage in this exciting and emerging topic. Students will work to contribute concepts that are feasible to implement within the near future in real world. The following list of topics describe the scope of the innovation challenge. Participants are allowed to use community testbeds such as the NSF AERPAW platform ( for their projects.
List of Topics
Requirements for Participation
The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students pursuing Bachelors or Masters or Doctoral degrees in any engineering discipline at any college or university in any part of the world. Specific requirements are listed below, all of which must be satisfied.
Registrastion Process
Participating teams need to register their team here:
Evaluation Metics
Each submission will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Submission Process
Participating teams need to submit a 5-page summary and a 5-minute video presentation describing the following elements by registering their team on the form:
  1. Concept,
  2. Implementation Strategy,
  3. Outcomes,
  4. Future plans, and
  5. Benefits to the society.
Ten (10) teams will be recognized with a total reward of US$8,000.
First Prize: $2,000 and a certificate.
Second Prize: $1,500 and a certificate.
Third Prize: $1,000 and a certificate.
Honorary Prizes (7): $500 and a certificate.
For any questions, please reach out to
Professor Kamesh Namuduri, [email protected]
Professor Vuk Marojevic, [email protected]
  1. Federal Aviation Administration, Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations,