Design

We design our airframe, electrical systems, and software from the ground up. Our system is tailored to our mission.

Build

We build our system from our designs. Students get experience facing real-world challenges dealing with the implementation of mechanical, electrical, and software systems.

Compete

Our careful design efforts and hard work during construction pay off when we go to compete. We focus on the AUVSI SUAS competition, and we are the only team that has competed every year.

Recent Accomplishments

AUVSI SUAS 2018 - First Flight of Akela!

  • Autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, search, dynamic retasking, and landing
  • Avoided all virtual moving obstacles in the airspace
  • Competed against 63 teams from around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Israel, Germany, and Turkey

AUVSI SUAS 2017 - Just Joe Sportsmanship Award

  • Autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, search, dynamic retasking, and landing
  • Actionable, and remote intelligence objectives met
  • Competed against 54 teams from around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Israel, Germany, and Turkey

2nd Place - AUVSI SUAS 2016

  • Autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, search, dynamic retasking, and landing
  • Emergent target identified; secret message deciphered
  • Highest accuracy payload drop; interoperability objective met
  • Actionable, remote, and electronic intelligence objectives met
  • Competed against 24 teams from around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Israel, Germany, and Turkey

3rd Place - AUVSI SUAS 2015

  • Autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, search, dynamic retasking, and landing
  • Identified emergent target and performed successful air drop
  • First place Flight Readiness Review
  • Competed against 39 teams from around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Israel, Germany, and Turkey

1st Place - AUVSI SUAS 2014

  • Autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, search, dynamic retasking, and landing
  • All standard targets, IR target, and emergent target identified; secret message deciphered
  • Actionable, remote, and electronic intelligence objectives met
  • Highest accuracy payload drop; interoperability objective met
  • First place journal paper
  • Safety Award
  • Competed against 28 teams from around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Israel, Romania, and Turkey

Recognitions and Distinctions

  • World champions at AUVSI SUAS 2010 and 2014, and top three for four consecutive years.
  • Custom designed and built an entirely new system in 2018
  • Recognized in AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America magazine
  • Invited exhibitor at AUVSI North America conference in 2013 and 2011

Upcoming Plans


In 2018, the Aerial Robotics Club at NC State competed in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) competition at Webster Field Annex, MD. This is the 16th year the club has competed, and also the 16th year of the competition. The Aerial Robotics Club is the only team that has competed in every year of the competion. The club returned to Webster Field this year with a brand new airframe, Akela I. This year, the club is going to focus on building the all new Akela II platform, making improvements to Akela I's design and construction to create an even better aircraft.

The SUAS competition requires fully autonomous takeoff, flight, and landing, with completion of a waypoint course and interoperability of telemetry with a judge server. Additional objectives include an emergent target, off-axis target, payload drop, and search pattern. The Aerial Robotics Club attempted every objective except automatic target detection and autonomous sense and avoid with great results. The team placed second overall and second in mission performance.

The Aerial Robotics Club will compete at the 2019 AUVSI SUAS competition, with major airframe and software development in the works. It will be an exciting year for ARC!

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