Meet the crew that made UCSD's AUVSI possible.

AUVSI, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, is the world’s largest organization devoted to advancing the unmanned systems community. AUVSI sponsors the annual Student Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) competition which challenges students to design, build, and test an autonomous flying vehicle. UCSD AUVSI one of the most multi-disciplinary groups on campus, including students from Aerospace, Mechanical, Structural, Electrical, and Computer Science & Engineering. Each year the team competes in Maryland with a plane that can execute autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, target search, and landing autonomously while searching for and identifying ground-based targets.

Plane1 The team is broken down into several sections: Airframe, Mechatronics, Embedded, Software, and RC. Students learn to use CAD software, work with composites, design and test embedded payload systems, configure and test flight sensors, write sophisticated image-recognition software, work with autopilots, solder, break things, fix things, and most importantly, get their hands dirty solving real world problems. Students involved with the team develop the valuable skills directly applicable to the workforce, and many are able to directly cite AUVSI as the primary reason for obtaining an engineering internship or full time position.

Set up for competion flight!

For the upcoming year, UCSD AUVSI is taking a new direction with a new airframe, the complete re- design of the radio package, transition to high-quality still frames, completely autonomous image recognition, and producing a clean, professional product. We are always looking for dedicated members from all sorts of backgrounds and do not restrict ourselves to the engineering majors. Freshman and Sophomores are welcome.

Role Name
Project Manager Tim Wheeler
Lead Systems Engineer Lewis Anderson
Airframe Bryan Ritoper
Mechatronics Steven Kestler
Software Zack Grannan
Embedded Eric Lo
RC Flight Elioth Fraijo

Please contact us at britoper@ucsd.edu

To join UCSD's AUVSI, please visit our Google Groups page.

UCSD AUVSI is proud to announce sponsorship by RFDesign from Australia, who donated a set of their excellent FRD900 radio modems.

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