MAV Student Challenge 2018

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Penn State Poster Session for MAV Student ChallengeAHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — invites student teams to participate in the 6th 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.

Students: check out the MAV competition rules and see if your team can be the first to ever accomplish these incredibly challenging tasks! You'll be competing head-to-head for awards totaling $5,000 USD.

The 6th Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge will be held in conjunction with the 74th AHS International Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona on Monday afternoon, May 14, 2017 (time and location subject to change).

The competition is 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. 

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

Come to the head-to-head competition at Forum 74 on May 14, 2018!


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

The 2nd Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at AHS 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 AHS 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 AHS 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 AHS Forum 73 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, Texas on May 8, 2017.

(Photograph by Jason L. Pereira.)