Team News

April 6, 2015
Over Easter break some team members stayed at school
and helped get the UAV up and running.

March 30, 2015
The team has reached the official decision that it will
not participate in the Sparkfun ground competition.
The team has decided that it is more of a priority
to get this years model up and running.

March 16, 2015
The team has received word from Sparkfun that the idea to
enter a UAV as an alternative propulsion vehicle approved
as long as the UAV touches the ground or hovers just above the ground.

March 5, 2015
In light of the lack of competitions the UAV team is prepared for,
the idea has been proposed to modify a UAV work as an
alternative propulsion vehicle.

February 26, 2015
The team has received word that the Aerial portion of the Sparkfun
competition has been canceled. The team has decided to continue with current
construction and to begin searching for alternative competitions.

February 2015
The website is back up and running. This years project has made great progress.
The design that was decided upon was a hexrotor with an offset centerplate.
In the last three weeks, the hexrotor has has been nearly built. We're still waiting on certain parts to be 3D printed.

September 2014
We are back for another great year of UAV building. Here are the results from the Sparkfun competition in June:
1st place in the student division (out of 13)
4th place in the Aerial: Rotating division (out of 14)
We flew 3 runs and the points were added from all 3 to give a total score. There were bonus points for certain tasks on each run. We successfully dropped a tennis ball on the drop zone and flew threw the wicket and landed autonomously for bonus points. We lost points for one run when a storm came up and the pilot had to take manual control to prevent a crash. We did not try to find and pop red balloons because of communication problems between the flight board and computer vision board. The other competitors did not succeed with the balloons either so that didn't hurt our score overall. We are very pleased with the results. We start this year not from scratch but improving upon a winning competition vehicle.

Watch the Sparkfun Competition Recap:  (our vehicle shows up at 6:57, 7:14 and 7:24)

June 2014
We have a fully assembled and functional Hexcopter! See the video here:

Computer vision code is functional. The quad follows the red balloon and can choose between multiple red objects.

Jan 2014
The aluminum frame has been manufactured and assembled. See the Pictures.

We have rediscovered our twitter site: SDSM&T UAV. Follow us now!

Nov 2013
We are updating the website. Much of the site had not been updated since 2008. There will be new information, pictures, etc. in the coming weeks.

News Archive...


Sept 2014

Competition Results: 1st in student division, 4th overall
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June 2014

We have a functional Hexcopter!

We have working computer vision code

Video of flight and CV test