The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is inviting student teams to participate in the 3rd annual electric-powered VTOL MAV Student Challenge. The competition is designed to award both “form” and “function” of the MAV. With respect to “form”, teams with unique, innovative and robust VTOL MAV air-vehicle design would be awarded points. With respect to “function”, teams that demonstrate the best autonomous flight and mission execution capabilities would be awarded points. Overall, teams showing superior system integration of vehicle flight systems, sensors and remote-operation-station would be considered for final awards. Teams can receive multiple awards based on these aspects.
Update: 2015 competition rules are now available! (Released October 21, 2014)
Check out the MAV Student Challenge Frequently Asked Questions. (Updated October 21, 2014)
The 1st Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at the AHS Forum 69 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday May 21, 2013.
The 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at the AHS Forum 70 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec on Monday May 19, 2014.
The 3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge will be held at the AHS Forum 71 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia on a day between Monday May 4, 2015 and May 7, 2015. Final date, time and location will be provided by January 30, 2015.
The competition was conducted by AHS International’s Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft Committee. The committee hopes that the annual MAV Student Challenges will lead to advances in this area and help to develop increased expertise by students and universities.
(Photographs by Jason L. Pereira.)