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CSUN students excel in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition (June 18, 2012)



Jun 18, 2012 - UAV Competition




Dear colleagues,

More good news... this time from CSUN's "Unmanned Aerial Systems" team that took second place overall in the 10th International UAS competition hosted by AUVSI from June 13-17th in Maryland. Please join me in congratulating Prof. Fox and our students on their splendid accomplishment.


S. K. Ramesh, Ph.D.,


Cal State Northridge UAV glory

11 June 2012

 CSUN was the top placing US entry, behind the Universite de Sherbrooke (Montreal, Canada), and took second place overall at the 10th International "Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)" competition hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) with support from ONR and Navair at the PAX River Naval Air Station in Maryland (June 13 -17).

The competition objectives are for an unmanned aircraft to be launched, and fly autonomously while demonstrating waypoint navigation, search for and assessment of a series of man-made objects prior to returning to the launch point for landing.

Participants were evaluated in three areas:

  • Journal Paper (Systems Design Presentation - 25%)
  • Oral Presentation (Flight Readiness Review - 25%)
  • Flight Demonstration - 50%

CSUN placed in the top 6 in all three categories; scoring details have not yet been published.

Delhi Technicalogical University (New Delhi, India), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida), Kansas State and Cornell rounded out the overall top 6 positions.