Future Competitions

We will be participating in these competitions during the 2017-2018 season. Stay tuned for updates!

  • NSF CPS-VO Competition 2017
  • SAE Aero Design Challenge 2018
  • AIAA Design-Build-Fly 2018
  • AUVSI SUAS Challenge 2018
  • IARC 2018

Past Competitions

International Aerial Robotics Competition

Summer 2017 | The club returned to IARC with hardware and software much improved over last year’s. The aim of this indoor competition is to herd ten robots across a ‘goal’ line. These robots move in noisy paths, frequently change direction, and react in specific ways if blocked or tapped.

AUVSI SUAS Challenge

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). We are experimenting with interesting, cutting-edge solutions to this challenge!

AIAA Design-Build-Fly

April 2017 | We built a \’tube-launched\’ UAV for the 2017 AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition. In this competition, the UAV has to carry at least 3 hockey pucks and be easily stowed inside a round tube. To accomplish this, we created self-locking retention mechanisms, allowing the folding wings and tail to snap open after being extracted from the tube.

National Science Foundation CPS-VO Pilot Competition

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. 
 

International Aerial Robotics Competition

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.