Student team competing in the First Responder UAS Challenges hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight Competition hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS)
We design, build, and fly multirotors to compete in the First Responder UAS Challenges and the VFS Design-Build-Vertical Flight Competition. The former involves manufacturing autonomous drones to support First Responders by scouting an indoor structure and providing information about its condition and situation awareness prior to entry. The latter involves designing, fabricating, and flight testing of an electric-powered remote-control vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Previously we competed in the NIST UAS Indoor Challenge 4.0 which involved designing, building, and flying a cost-effective drone that is easy to control, highly durable, and provided first responders with a high-quality video signal needed to detect human life and assess hazards in the environment. We also competed in the NIST UAS Triple Challenge 3.1: FastFind which involved detecting missing persons in forested environments for search and rescue. We also used to compete in the VFS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge which involved developing a drone to navigate around an indoor obstacle course and autonomously complete tasks, such as retrieving and delivering a package.
All UMD undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join.
We work on campus in the Brin Family Aerial Robotics Lab. The project has many areas for students to contribute, including: hardware design and fabrication, control, estimation, vision, autonomy, machine learning, and flight testing.
If you are interested in joining, please send an email with your resume and transcript to Prof. Derek Paley.
We thank the following sponsors for their generous support.
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
Department of Aerospace Engineering
2022-2023 Corporate Sponsors:
2021-2022 Corporate Sponsors:
2020-2021 Corporate Sponsors:
Millennium Engineering and Integration Company
2019-2020 Corporate Sponsors:
Heron Systems, Inc.
2018-2019 Corporate Sponsors:
Heron Systems, Inc.