Robotics team earns more accolades in aerial and underwater competitions


Hummingbrid aerial vehicleThe UCF Robotics Club’s aerial vehicle, “Hummingbird,” “walked away with the Best Air Vehicle” award at the 2005 International Aerial Robotics Competition held July 21 at Fort Benning, GA. The accolade was provided on the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Web site report of the competition.

Designed and built on a $5K budget by UCF students, the “Hummingbird” placed first in Static Design and first in Innovative design.

UCF Robotics Club student teams entered air, surface and underwater vehicle competitions this year, placing in the top five in design at all three. UCF is the only university to have a vehicle in all three competitions place among the top five.

The International Aerial Vehicle Competition was the most challenging of the three competitions. An autonomous vehicle (one that operates without direct operator assistance) had to fly to waypoints three kilometers (1.86 miles) distance then to a building, fly inside the building, take pictures of the inside room, and then fly back to the start position and land—all within 15 minutes.

Vehicles were scored on design paper, design presentation, website design and vehicle performance. Inability to demonstrate autonomous flight removed vehicles from final ranking.

The “Hummingbird” was not able to demonstrate autonomous flight and was not included in the final ranking.

The sub team also just came back from the International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition. The team placed fourth in design and 13th overall. Their vehicle was required to submerge itself, move through a gate and find various items and place them into bins underwater. The vehicle also had to locate a pinger and surface at that position. This is only the second year the club has entered the underwater vehicle competition.

You can get more information about the UCF robotics team at its official Website,