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The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators in the unmanned systems industry; individuals and organizations, with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology; leaders in promoting safe practices; and programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition.

We're pleased to announce the 2019 AUVSI XCELLENCE AWARD finalists!


Commercial/Enterprise Operation

  • Flyability, Elios - The Indoor UAS for High-Dose Areas
  • GBA, Eyes In The Sky Perform Bridge Delamination Assessment
  • Impossible Aerospace, Impossible US-1
  • Loveland Innovations, IMGING
  • Propeller, Propeller Software Platform

Communication or Data Connection Solutions

  • MilSource, MILTECH 907
  • OFS, µlinx® Fiber Optic Cable
  • Persistent Systems LLC, Wave Relay® Mobile Ad Hoc Network
  • Simulyze, Inc., Mission Insight™

Detect & Avoid Solutions

  • Auterion, Auterion PX4 Avoidance
  • Buffalo Automation, AutoMate
  • Iris Automation, Casia
  • Kongsberg Geospatial, IRIS UAS Fleet Control Station
  • NASA, Independent Configurable Architecture for Reliable Operations of Unmanned Systems (ICAROUS)

Fleet Management Software & Solutions

  • Auterion, Auterion Insights
  • AutonomouStuff, Platform Fleet
  • Consortiq, CQNet: Drone Operations Management Solution
  • Kittyhawk IO, Kittyhawk Drone Operations for Enterprise

Power Solutions

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

Safety Solutions

  • AirMap, AirMap Real-Time Geofencing Alerts
  • Auterion, Auterion Operating System for Enterprise Drones
  • Fluidity Technologies, FT Aviator Drone Flight Controller
  • ParaZero, SafeAir System
  • UASidekick, UASidekick

UAS Mitigation & Security

  • Airspace, Galaxy
  • Ascent Vision Technologies, XMADIS
  • DroneALERT, DroneALERT
  • WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc., DroneFox Mobile

Vision/Camera Systems & Components

  • Arbe, Phoenix Radar System
  • Delta Digital Video, Model 7805R H.265 HD/SD Video Encoder
  • Luminell Drone Light AS, DL Series
  • Velodyne Lidar, Alpha Puck
  • Xsens, Xsens MTi 600-series

XCELLENCE in Innovation

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


Operations & Safety Organization

  • AES Corporation, Striving for Safety Excellence with Global Drone Program
  • Kansas Department of Transportation, KDOT UAS Safety Risk Management Program
  • NASA, NASA Langley UAS Operations Office
  • Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper, Mining Safety Improvements by Implementing UAS


Training & Education Organization

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gaetz Aerospace Institute
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, ERAU-W UAS Program
  • Flying Lion, Inc., Commercial Drone Pilot Training Program
  • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus UAS, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus UAS Program
  • SkyOp, SkyOp 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


Humanitarian Project or Program

Sponsored by:  

  • Aidronix, Scaling Access to Care in Rural Mexico via Digital Health, Telemedicine, and Drone
  • NASA / MIT, Search and Rescue Under the Canopy (SARUC)
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation, NCDOT Hurricane Florence Response
  • Project Lifesaver International, PLI Indago UAV Program
  • Swoop Aero, Vaccine and Health Supply Delivery In Vanuatu
  • The Ocean Cleanup, Remote Sensing of Buoyant Ocean Plastics
  • Zipline International, Zipline Medical Drone Delivery Service