The International Aerial Robotics Competition is the longest standing aerial robotics challenge in the world. The goal of the competition is to advance the state-of-the-art in aerial robotics by challenging participants to tackle problems that are currently impossible for any aerial vehicles owned by government or industry.

Problem Statement

In its 8th Mission, the IARC expects us to:
• Build 4 autonomous aerial vehicles capable of indoor navigation without GPS.
• Enable a human player in the arena to control these helper aerial vehicles via non-electronic signals such as gesture or audio.
• Shield the player from laser beams emmitted by 4 enemy aerial sentries. If the player is suffers 10 such laser hits, the challenge is lost.
• Heal the player using similar laser beams installed on the helper robots. However only 4 such heals are allowed
• View a scrambled pass code from the 4 helper robots and use that to open 4 locked bins. The player must then retrieve a technical component from the bins in under 8 minutes.

Research & Development

Electromechanics - Construction of the aerial vehicle and power system. Also in charge of safety systems like propeller guards and kill switch.
Controls : Overall flight controls which includes providing pose values to a package resulting in vehicle movement.
Localization : Obtaining the current position of the vehicle at all times in a GPS-denied environment.
Obstacle detection and avoidance : Identify enemy quad-copters, static objects and fellow helper robots and take evasive maneuvers if too close to them.
Human detection and tracking : Identifying the human player in the arena and positioning the aerial vehicle at a fixed distance from the player.
Human command recognition : Divided into audio and gesture recognition.
Target identification : Locating the bins within the arena and guiding the vehicle towards it.

  • Mission 8 released!

    December, 2017

    AUVSI releases problem statement of Mission 8 of the International Aerial Robotics Competition.

  • Conceptual Solution

    January, 2018

    Segregation of tasks into manageable modules

  • First Autonomous Flight

    March 2018

    First takeoff, sustained flight for 2 minutes and touchdown of our custom built quad-copter

  • Human Interaction Capable

    May 2018

    Our quad-copter becomes capable of tracking a human and taking commands via audio and gesture.


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