UAV Forge


“The SUAS competition is designed to foster interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and to engage students in a challenging mission. The competition requires students to design, integrate, report on, and demonstrate a UAS capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing via onboard payload sensors, and execution of a specific set of tasks. The competition has been held annually since 2002.

Multiple package delivery companies have tasked Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to deliver packages to customers. These UAS must avoid each other, map the operating area to identify hazards, avoid static obstacles like buildings, identify potential drop locations, drop the package to a safe location, and then move the package to the customer.” - SUAS 2023 Rulebook

Goals and Objectives:

The scope of this project is to design, manufacture, build, program and test an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to compete in the 2023 AUVSI SUAS Competition. The team will aim to be competition ready by the first week of June 2023. The UAS must accomplish Autonomous Flight, Obstacle Avoidance, Object Detection Classification and Localization (ODCL), and Payload Delivery. Design decisions should seek to strike a balance between speed of completion with respect to the project timeline, consistency, and competition effectiveness (points scored). Solutions will be both manufactured by team members and bought off the shelf, left to the discretion of team members. The team will be proactive in defining system requirements, setting strong deadlines, and updating its Work Breakdown Structure as the calendar year progresses. The team will demonstrate operational excellence throughout the year with effective communication between subsystems and members, extensive testing procedures, protocols to deal with system failure, and ensuring safety of the UAS and its members. Major deviations to the project timeline for any subsystem will be brought to the attention of the leads in a timely manner.

Fall Quarter: Design decisions made, solutions designed, and purchase orders for necessary parts submitted.

Winter Quarter: The sub system teams perform unit tests through out the week to make sure the design is ready for the overall test at the end of each week.

Spring Quarter: The sub system teams finalize their designs, run tests and bring it all together developing a drone ready for competition.

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Instagram: @uavforgeatuci


Professor David Copp 


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