Space City UAV Team
Learn More About Us Below
The UH Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team was formed in 2018 to compete in the [AUVSI SUAS] (link: competition, an annual nine-month-long international competition in which teams design and build an unmanned autonomous drone. The drone is tasked with flying a mission completely autonomously, including taking off and landing, flying waypoints, obstacle avoidance, recognizing and classifying ground targets via onboard camera, and airdropping an unmanned ground vehicle to deliver a package.
Many of our members are engineering students who have extensive relevant hobbyist experience. We know that to compete at the highest level, we must utilize the latest technology to construct a robust and well-engineered design. We heavily rely on external sponsorship for resources to create an outstanding drone and succeed in the competition.
Space City UAV Sub-teams
The flight systems subteam is responsible for the design, construction, and testing of the aircraft. The subteam designs the robust airframe and propulsion system that can carry a camera and gimbal, computer system and sensors, communications system, and the payload.
The payload subteam is responsible for the design, construction, and testing of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). They are responsible for developing a deployment procedure that will accurately and safely deliver the UGV onto a ground target from a minimum altitude of 100 feet. The UGV must then drive to a nearby target on the ground.
The avionics subteam is responsible for all the electronics onboard the aircraft. They program the autopilot which includes tasks such as optimized path-planning and obstacle avoidance. They also program and tune the flight controller as well as manage power distribution. Once the build is complete, avionics is responsible for running simulations of mission flights to reduce error.
The communications subteam is responsible for designing and implementing the hardware and software infrastructure that enables communication between the aircraft’s onboard computer, the ground station, and the Interoperability System. Additionally, they are responsible for utilizing an RTK system to provide more accurate positioning.
The vision subteam is responsible for the creation of an automated system to detect, locate, and classify ground targets with the onboard camera from a minimum altitude of 100 feet. Classical image processing combined with new machine learning algorithms make this possible. The vision subteam also maps the field using the onboard camera to provide more accurate positioning.
AUVsi Suas Competition
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition
The AUVSI SUAS Competition is designed to foster interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and to engage students in a challenging UAS mission. The competition requires students to design, integrate, report on, and demonstrate a UAS capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing via onboard payload sensors, and execution of a specific set of tasks. The competition has been held annually since 2002.