For the 2017-2018 school year, here are a select-few competitions we will be entering, amongst others:
  • NSF CPS-VO Competition 2017
  • SAE Aero Design Challenge 2018
  • AIAA Design-Build-Fly 2018
  • AUVSI SUAS Challenge 2018
  • IARC 2018

We are currently working on the following competitions. Since they have not occured yet, we do not have publicly available photos & videos to share. Check back after our next competition, AIAA Design-Build-Fly in April 2017, to see updates!

Summer 2017

The club is returning to IARC 2017 with an improved design, both hardware and software, from last year. The aim of this competition is to herd 10 robots indoors across a 'goal' line. These robots move in noisy paths, frequently change direction, and react in specific ways if blocked or tapped.

June 2017

The aim of the AUVSI SUA Competition is to build a fully autonomous UAV capable of navigating a series of waypoints, avoiding stationary and moving obstacles, finding a 'lost' hiker, and deploying a payload to the hiker. The competition is very open-ended, allowing any heavier-than-air aircraft (both rotorcraft and fixed-wing), and we are experimenting with interesting, cutting-edge solutions to this challenge!

April 2017

We are building a tube-launched UAV for the 2017 AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition. This UAV has to carry at least 3 hockey pucks and be stowable inside a round tube. The wings and other features open with self-locking retention mechanisms. We are really excited about our design and after the competition might even actually try launching it from a tube!

October 2016
Results: 1st Place

We helped create a pilot competition along with teams from University of California Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University and University of Arizona, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Microsoft Research. The aim of the competition was to autonomously pickup and deploy mosquito traps in the field. We came in first place!

August 2016
Results: Best Technical Paper Award

The aim of this competition is to herd 10 robots indoors across a 'goal' line. These robots move in noisy paths, frequently change direction, and react in specific ways if blocked or tapped. At this American venue, we were the only team to successfully demonstrate semi-autonomous flight and also the only team to attempt fully autonomous flight. We had some sensor issues on the shiny gym floor, but expect to see us back there next year!

You can read our paper submission here.