MAAV strives to be the premiere Unmanned Aerial Vehicle organization at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to challenge our members' technical creativity and engineering capabilities by competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).
Learning by building
Members engage in designing, manufacturing, programming, and testing every aspect of a small, autonomous quadrotor.
Covering all our bases
Members gain experience and apply skills in areas such as structural design and manufacturing, embedded programming, control theory, navigation and mapping, and computer vision.
Students only get out what they put into an experience. That's why MAAV gives all members the freedom to pursue whatever relevant projects that interest them to ensure the perfect learning experience.
What is IARC?
Learn more about the International Aerial Robotics Competition's current mission rules—as well as past missions—by clicking here.
Our engineering team is divided into four subteams.
All of MAAV's major structural components are made
in-house. We design and fabricate aluminum airframe
molds allowing us to create strong and light-weight
airframes that can hold up during aggressive
manuvers. If you're interested in being a part of
the structures team, feel free to join the
Structures mailing list.
MAAV engineers team up to design hardware and
circuits that make up the pipelines through which
all of the electrical components interact. If
you're interested in being a part of the circuits
team, feel free to join the
Circuits mailing list.
Quadrotors require an accurate, high-speed control
algorithm to achieve stable flight. This allows the
on-board computers to adjust the motors and guide
the vehicle. If you're interested in being a part
of the controls team, feel free to join the
Controls mailing list.
In order to add autonomous capabilities to our
quadrotor, we design and implement computer
algorithms that allow it to traverse its
environment. If you're interested in being a part
of the navigation team, feel free to join the
Navigation mailing list.
Here at MAAV, we use Redmine to manage our tasks.
If you'd like to see what we're working on, take a
Meet our team leads!
Structures James Holper
James' CAD experience and his training in the
Aerospace Engineering department make for a natural
fit as lead of the structural side of MAAV.
Circuits Jason Leung
This guy you have to see to believe. When you get
him behind a breadboard he is unstoppable.
Controls Sajan Patel
With a name like Sajan Patel you know this kid has to be pretty smart. If you're looking to make a vehicle autonomous, this is your man.
Software Alec Ten Harmsel
Or in Alec speak, "01000001 01101100 01100101 01100011 00100000."
Here at MAAV our number one priority is to get our
little guy to soar, but that wouldn't be possible
without the help of our sponsors.If you're interested
in sponsoring us, please contact the leads
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