MAV Student Challenge 2019

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Penn State Poster Session for MAV Student ChallengeThe Vertical Flight Society invites student teams to participate in the 7th 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 7th Annual MAV Student Challenge will be held in conjunction with the 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Monday morning May 13, 2019, 9:00–11:00 am, at the University of Pennsylvania's Houston Hall (Hall of Flags). Please download the competition rules (PDF).‚Äč

The team applications will undergo a gated review process involving several steps.

  • Gate 1: Paper submission, including a Team Information Form as well as an abstract about the intended design. (Due by Jan. 31, 2019 )
  • Gate 2: A video submission of aircraft capabilities and safety measures. (Due by March 16, 2019)
  • Gate 3: A demonstration of safety features and vehicle capabilities prior to the Final Demo, May 13, 2019.
  • Final competition at the VFS Forum, May 13, 2019.

The competition is conducted by Society's Unmanned VTOL 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. 

If you have any questions, check out the MAV Student Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

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.

(Photograph by Jason L. Pereira.)