Sunday, July 26, 2009
OU Engineering Team Competes in a the AUVSI Student Competition
The Aerial Systems Club OU team competed successfully at the 2009 AUVSI Student Aerial Systems
Competition in Webster Field, MD last weekend.
OU quadrotor (a.k.a. Microraptor) performed beautifully in a test run at the
morning of the competition. It autonomously took off and followed navigation
commands from the ground station before landing again. During the actual
competition, however, something went wrong and the team is still investigating.
The vehicle took off and at about 15 feet started oscillating until it flipped
over and crashed. The team scrambled to get the vehicle back together for
another attempt but ran out of time. After the competition, a thunderstorm
moved it and prevented the team from performing a flight demonstration with the
OU entry was again the focus of attention at the competition due to its
uniqueness compared to the 17 other entries which were all traditional
fixed-wing vehicles and one commercial helicopter. Our team has presented OU
well and is determined to perfect the quadrotor for next year's competition.
received the "Best Design Innovation Award" and the "Outstanding
Effort Award," which translated to a cash prize of $1,500.
to the team!