Research team wins unmanned aerial vehicle competition

Team of students and faculty with their unmanned aerial vehicle.

A team of UT Arlington aerospace engineering students and faculty recently took top honors at the 3rd Annual Student Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition in Maryland.  The team won first place for Best Overall Performance, plus the Best Mission Performance and Best Safety Design awards.  The group’s system performed a complete autonomous mission, including automatic takeoff, GPS-guided navigation and automatic target imaging. UT Arlington’s was the first system in the history of the competition to perform an automatic landing.  These systems will eventually serve as test beds for evaluating research ideas.