Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Club
  • A team member tuning the PID controller of the UAV for stable fight.
    A team member tuning the PID controller of the UAV for stable fight.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team

The UAV Club is a community of UAV enthusiasts offering students the resources to learn the skills required for designing and developing autonomous systems.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Club At a glance

Number of Members:

32 members in 2015-2016
Team leaders: 
  • Sam Udotong - President, Communications Lead
  • Marshall Wentworth - Vice President, Hardware Lead
  • Marcus Boorstin - Computer Vision Lead
  • Sims Gautum - AI/Algorithms Lead
  • Kevin Castro - Hardware Co-Lead
  • Cherry Liang - Finance Manager
  • Kris Frey - Modelling Lead
  • Jacob Shearman - Communications Co-Lead
  • Ben Eysenbach - Computer Vision Co-Lead
Year began: 
2012
Advisors: 
Jonathan How
Location: 
N51
Team goals

The club builds a vehicle for the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Seafarer student competition.

Some projects include a UDB3 controller board development, our first project, which involved programming a flight controller from scratch, and interfacing it with an RC transmitter; SkyCall: a project to lead tourists with a UAV; MIT Prime: a project to deliver packages from dorm to dorm using UAVs; TechFair: a project to display and fly company logos at a tech expo on MIT’s campus; and World Urban Forum: a project to explore applicability of UAVs in disaster relief.

Notable quirks

One of our first autonomous quadrotors decided to go for a swim in the Charles River instead of navigating to a waypoint while we were testing it.

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