NC State Flies High at AUVSI 2014 Aerial Robotics Competition

Airframe1 SolidWorks Model NC State

NC State Robotics Club soared to a first place finish at this year’s 2014  Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, AUVSI  SUAS, Aerial  Robotics Competition.  The Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) competition provides challenging missions to student teams to design, integrate and demonstrate system operations of an autonomous flight vehicle including navigation and use of on-board payload sensors.

NC State Robotics Club

NC State’s Aerial Robotics Club comprised of team captain,  RJ Gritter,  imagery leader Michael Pratt, autopilot leader Lindsey Reed, flightline director Jesse Crouch and other members Justin Easter, Kim Nguyen, Alex Shaver, Joe Hodkiewicz, Alan Hilliard and Matthew Tompkins.  Thank you for using SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

Wing SolidWorks Model NC State Aero Robotics

The 12th annual SUAS Competition, held in Patuxent River, Maryland, USA was sponsored by the Seafarer Chapter of  AUVSI  and featured 28 aviation clubs from around the world.

NC State received the following honors:

  • Autonomous takeoff, waypoint navigation, search, dynamic retasking, and landing
  • All standard targets, IR target, and emergent target identified; secret message deciphered
  • Actionable, remote, and electronic intelligence objectives met
  • Highest accuracy payload drop; interoperability objective met
  • First place journal paper
  • Safety Award
  • Competed against 28 teams from around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Israel, Romania, and Turkey

Congratulations to the overall winners and all the teams that participate in this challenging event.

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. Cornell University
  3. Delhi Technological University (India)
  4. Kansas State University – Manhattan
  5. Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
  6. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – ANDRONE
  7. Rutgers University
  8. Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada)
  9. University of Texas – Arlington
  10. Mississippi State University

Thank you Robert Stoklosa for sharing your students’ story with the SolidWorks Community.  Thank you Brad Williamson, SolidWorks TTM for making it happen.  Marie


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard