MAV Student Challenge 2020

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Penn State Poster Session for MAV Student ChallengeThe Vertical Flight Society invites student teams to participate in the 8th Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge. This electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) MAV competition seeks to encourage interest in autonomous/unmanned aircraft technology as well as small air vehicle design and fabrication. Teams may choose to design either a remotely-controlled system or a fully-autonomous system.

The 8th Annual MAV Student Challenge will be held in conjunction with the 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Montreal, Quebec. It is being planned for Monday May 18, 2020.

The rules are now available! Download the 8th Annual MAV Rules! (Rev 1.1. dated Oct. 11, 2019). The team applications will undergo a gated review process involving several steps. See the official rules and questions can be directed to

Team Restrictions: The competition is restricted to teams of full-time university and/or high-school students. At least one member of the team must be a current VFS Student Member ($25/year) at the time of entry. High-school teams are encouraged to find a university or industry mentor to help guide progress through various competition milestones. Teams must have at least one member registered for the VFS Forum. Teams may request discounts or waivers for VFS Forum registration fees to allow student participants in the competition. If there are more than two teams per university, the competition coordinators reserve the right to disallow participation to limit the number of teams. 

The competition is conducted by Society's Unmanned VTOL Committee and the VFS Montreal-Ottawa Chapter. VFS hopes that the annual MAV Student Challenges will lead to advances in this area and help to develop increased expertise by students and universities. 

The 1st Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at Forum 69 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 21, 2013.

The 2nd Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at Forum 70 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec on May 19, 2014. 

The 3rd Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at Forum 71 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia on May 4, 2015.

The 4th Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at Forum 72 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 16, 2016.

The 5th Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at Forum 73 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, Texas on May 8, 2017.

The 6th Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at Forum 74 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona on May 14, 2018.

The 7th Annual MAV Student Challenge was held in conjunction with Forum 75 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 2019, at the University of Pennsylvania's Houston Hall (Hall of Flags). 

(Photograph by Jason L. Pereira.)