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AUVSI Names Unmanned Systems XCELLENCE Awards Finalists

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) today  named the finalists for the second annual XCELLENCE Awards. The awards recognize the accomplishments by companies, organizations and individuals across the unmanned systems community. The winners will be announced during the award ceremonies on Tuesday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CDT and Thursday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CDT at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“The rapid growth of the unmanned systems industry is reshaping our future by expanding business markets, providing consumers with innovative solutions and even saving lives,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The XCELLENCE awards recognize companies and individuals who are achieving remarkable results with unmanned systems technology to benefit our communities.”

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards will honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition. These are the finalists in those categories:


Commercial/Enterprise Operation

  • FlyabilityElios – The Indoor UAS for High-Dose Areas
  • GBAEyes In The Sky Perform Bridge Delamination Assessment
  • Impossible AerospaceImpossible US-1
  • Loveland InnovationsIMGING
  • PropellerPropeller Software Platform

Communication or Data Connection Solutions

  • MilSourceMILTECH 907
  • OFSµlinx® Fiber Optic Cable
  • Persistent Systems LLCWave Relay® Mobile Ad Hoc Network
  • Simulyze, Inc.Mission Insight™ 

Detect & Avoid Solutions

  • AuterionAuterion PX4 Avoidance
  • Buffalo AutomationAutoMate
  • Iris AutomationCasia
  • Kongsberg GeospatialIRIS UAS Fleet Control Station
  • NASAIndependent Configurable Architecture for Reliable Operations of Unmanned Systems (ICAROUS)

Fleet Management Software & Solutions

  • AuterionAuterion Insights
  • AutonomouStuffPlatform Fleet
  • ConsortiqCQNet: Drone Operations Management Solution
  • Kittyhawk IOKittyhawk Drone Operations for Enterprise 

Power Solutions

  • Alta DevicesNew Solar Technology Product
  • Global Energy Transmission Co.GET Air 12 Kilowatt Power Cloud and In-Air Drone Charging System
  • SolidEnergy SystemsLithium Metal Batteries
  • Top Flight Technologies, Inc.Patented Micro Hybrid-Electric UAV Power System
  • Unmanned Systems and Solutions, LLCLong Endurance Aerial Platform (LEAP)

Safety Solutions

  • AirMapAirMap Real-Time Geofencing Alerts
  • AuterionAuterion Operating System for Enterprise Drones
  • Fluidity TechnologiesFT Aviator Drone Flight Controller
  • ParaZeroSafeAir System
  • UASidekickUASidekick

UAS Mitigation & Security

  • AirspaceGalaxy
  • Ascent Vision TechnologiesXMADIS
  • DroneALERTDroneALERT
  • WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc.DroneFox Mobile

Vision/Camera Systems & Components

  • ArbePhoenix Radar System
  • Delta Digital VideoModel 7805R H.265 HD/SD Video Encoder
  • Luminell Drone Light ASDL Series
  • Velodyne LidarAlpha Puck
  • XsensXsens MTi 600-series

XCELLENCE in Innovation

  • Cepton Technologies, Inc.SORA 200
  • Fortem TechnologiesFortem SkyDome
  • Intel CorporationIntel Drone Light Shows
  • WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc.WISDM


Operations & Safety Organization

  • AES CorporationStriving for Safety Excellence with Global Drone Program
  • Kansas Department of TransportationKDOT UAS Safety Risk Management Program
  • NASANASA Langley UAS Operations Office
  • Rio Tinto Kennecott CopperMining Safety Improvements by Implementing UAS


Training & Education Organization

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityGaetz Aerospace Institute
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – WorldwideERAU-W UAS Program
  • Flying Lion, Inc.Commercial Drone Pilot Training Program
  • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus UASKansas State University Polytechnic Campus UAS Program
  • SkyOpSkyOp STEM Education Program

Training & Education Professional

  • Barry J. Brennan, President & Founder, Flying Lion, Inc.
  • Jeff Hemming, President, Carolina Drone Academy
  • Patrick “Lucidity” Sherman,  Commercial Drone Operator, Trainer and Educator, Roswell Flight Test Crew

Finalists were also named for the Humanitarian Award, which is sponsored by DJI. These awards will recognize five organizations and/or individuals that have made a significant impact using unmanned systems to serve in humanitarian or philanthropic efforts. Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will receive a $25,000 donation divided among their organizations. These are the finalists for the Humanitarian Awards:


Humanitarian Project/Program

  • AidronixScaling Access to Care in Rural Mexico via Digital Health, Telemedicine and Drone
  • NASA / MITSearch and Rescue Under the Canopy (SARUC)
  • North Carolina Department of TransportationNCDOT Hurricane Florence Response
  • Project Lifesaver InternationalPLI Indago UAV Program
  • Swoop AeroVaccine and Health Supply Delivery In Vanuatu
  • The Ocean CleanupRemote Sensing of Buoyant Ocean Plastics
  • Zipline InternationalZipline Medical Drone Delivery Service

“For the second year, we are glad to see the width and depth of UAVs’ embracement expanding across more industries – from public health, search and rescue, to disaster response and environmental protection – as demonstrated by the submissions we’ve seen from this program,” said Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America, at DJI. “It is not easy for the judges to select these eight finalists from a pool of remarkable submissions, and we look forward to the winners’ announcement on May 2.  Aside from recognizing and rewarding those outstanding organizations and individuals who use drones to serve good purposes, we hope this opportunity could encourage more ground-breaking humanitarian efforts around the globe.”

The winners in the Technology Innovation, Training & Education and Operations & Safety categories will be announced at XPONENTIAL 2019 on Tuesday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Solutions Theater in the exhibit hall.

Recipients of the Humanitarian Award will be announced on Thursday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m. CDT during the keynote presentation in the Arie Crown Theater.

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