West Point, N.Y. – As part of ‘Projects Day’ at the United States Military Academy (USMA), “Team Night Storkers” is designing a quick and efficient means to deliver cargo using an air-deliverable autonomous system capable of delivering up to 500 pounds of small scale supplies to forward-deployed Soldiers. This design introduces rapid release systems for low-altitude, high accuracy airdrops and provides rapid, small unit resupply to the warfighter. By increasing the frequency of resupply operations, the average weight load for Soldiers decreases.
“Units can be resupplied more frequently with critical goods such as ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies. These deliveries will directly improve soldier quality of life and contribute to mission success,” USMA Cadet Katherine King said.
By partnering with U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Soldier Center (DEVCOM), the Cadets were able to contribute directly to Army needs and build upon designs from previous years. The impact of the Cadets' design will promote longer and more remote missions, while also establishing an increased operational autonomy and mission command.
“I recognize I must be aware of how my solutions are implemented, and I more fully understand that there is always more that can be done to improve the lives of my Soldiers,” USMA Cadet Kristina Hughes said.
West Point's 23rd annual Projects Day will showcase more than 400 research projects by over 1,000 cadets! We welcome and celebrate the over 80 external partners and West Point faculty who contributed to these cadet-led projects. Follow along by signing up for the Projects Day App and learn more about Academics at West Point here.
About West Point
The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information about the academy, go to www.westpoint.edu.