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Located in Dayton, Ohio, the Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center is a leading provider of training and education, applied research and development, consulting, and commercialization support. Sinclair partners with industry, academia, and government to address current UAS technical and workforce challenges.
April 29, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Fecke firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Darbie, Kincaid email@example.com Engineers Club of Dayton 111 East Monument Avenue Dayton Ohio, 45402 (937) 228-2148
In October 2018, the Dayton Engineers Club celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Kettering Aerial Torpedo, the BUG. This year, marks the celebration of the 100th anniversary of a unique flight test program, which occurred at Carlstrom Field near Arcadia, Florida, made possible because of the success of the BUG program begun in Dayton, Ohio. The BUG was an experimental, unmanned aerial torpedo, which was the forerunner of present-day cruise missiles.
During World Ware I, the United States Army Aircraft Board asked Charles Kettering of Dayton, Ohio to design an unmanned "flying bomb" that could hit a target at a range of 40 miles. Kettering's design, formally called the Kettering Aerial Torpedo, but later known as the Kettering BUG, was built by the Dayton-Wright Airplan Company. Orville Wright acted as an aeronautical consultant on the project, while Elmer Ambrose Sperry designed the control and guidance system. The first BUG was flown in Dayton, Ohio on October 2, 1918.
At the same time as the BUG was being produced and flown, Charles Kettering and Orville Wright along with Colonel Edward Deeds, President of National Cash Register, founded the Engineers Clube of Dayton and built its building in 1918. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of these two events, first flight and Club's building completion, the Engineers club of Dayton established the Charles F. Kettering Aerial Torpedo BUG Award. On October 2, 2018 the 100th anniversary of first flight, the award was given to The Ohio State University College of Engineering, Aerospace Research Center for setting world records of speed and distance flown by an autonomous Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).
The Engineers Club of Dayton, again in partnership with the Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center and Dayton Development Coalition, are issuing a call for nominations for the second annual Charles F. Kettering Aerial Torpedo BUG Award. Nominations can be submitted beginning April 30, 2019, with the nominating period closing on July 3, 2019. The nominations will be evaluated by a committee of volunteer experts, which will complete their review by August 1, 2019. The formal announcement on the 2019 awardee will be made August 7, 2019 at the annual UAS Midwest Conference, to be held in the Dayton, Ohio region. The formal award presentation will be made at the Dayton Engineers Club on October 2, 2019 coinciding with the 101th anniversary of the BUG's first flight. The point of contact at the Dayton Engineers Club is Mr. Ted Fecke (firstname.lastname@example.org), who may be contacted to request the requirement and nomination package. The nomination package may also be electronically sent to Mr. Fecke or Ms. Darbie Kincade (email@example.com), or by U.S. Postal Service to 111 East Monument Avenue, Dayton Ohio, 45402. The Engineers Club mission is to foster the advancement of business, education, engineering and science, and to promote the professional development of its members. The Engineers Club offers individual memberships, including special memberships for students and non-residents, as well as corporate and group memberships. More information is available at http://www.engineersclub.org/. Sinclair College’s National UAS Training and Certification Center sits at the forefront of UAS innova- tion, creating partnerships, developing leading curriculum, and investing significantly to establish a na- tionally prominent program dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of the growing UAS industry. Sinclair’s UAS program supports applied research and development, consulting, and training leverag- ing leading expertise and advanced unmanned and manned simulation, indoor flight facilities, aircraft, sensors, avionics, maintenance labs, additive and traditional manufacturing labs, data analytics soft- ware, and a wind tunnel lab. More information is available at http://uas.sinclair.edu/
The mission of the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) is to recruit, expand and retain jobs in the Dayton Region. The DDC is a non-profit economic development organization and is a regional network partner for JobsOhio, supports Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other federal installations in the region, and operates the Accelerant Venture Capital Fund. The 14-county Dayton Region served by the DDC includes 1.8 million people in Southwestern Ohio. More information is available at https://day- tonregion.com/