The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft System Center and Test Complex will host NASA's UAS Airspace Operations Challenge.
"NASA was over about two weeks ago to do a site visit and look over the site, and they left very satisfied with the capability and capacity of Camp Atterbury."
The contest will take place in May 2014, in the airspace surrounding Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Though around 25 industry teams have shown interest, NASA is going through a selection process for an undetermined number of participants. The winning participant could earn $500,000 for successfully demonstrating sense and avoid technologies.
The center's startup and initial operating costs are being funded by the state of Ohio, with the intention of becoming revenue-neutral within three years.
The center is one of the many sites attempting to be designated as one of the FAA's six UAS airspace integration test sites.