Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group

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Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group

General Information

Primary Objectives


Education


Tutorial Sessions


Design Reviews


Opportunity to

design and

develop advanced

technology


Compete in

International Aerial

Robotics Competition

(
IARC
)


Members


Almost 300 Members since 1997


From Engineering (Computer, Electrical, Systems
Design, Mechatronics, Mechanical), Math
(Computer Science, Applied Math, Actuarial
Science) Science and Arts


Contribute anywhere from 1 hr/week to 60+
hr/week


Often use WARG projects for academic credit (i.e.
4
th

year design project)


4 Levels must be completed fully
autonomously


Fly a 3km course around GPS waypoints


Search a city for a marked building and an open
window (1m x 1m)


Enter the open window, locate specific visual
information, relay it to the judges


Complete entire mission in under 15 minutes


Held annually at Fort Benning, GA


Prize is $60,000 USD and grows by
$10,000/year

IARC Requirements

Fort Benning, Georgia

2004 IARC


WARG won
First Place for 2004


Achieved fully autonomous flight across 3km GPS
course using “old fixed wing aircraft”


Won Best Technical
Paper

Past Accomplishments


Awards since 1998


Most Innovative

System Design (3x)


Most Innovative

Vehicle Design (1x)


Best Journal Paper (5x)


Best Technical

Presentation (1x)


IARC Team Comparison

Team

Estimated System
Cost ($CDN)

Level
Achieved

2004 Points
Scored

Georgia Institute of
Technology

$100,000

2

Did not
attend

University of Waterloo

$3,500

1

478.5

University of Arizona

$30,000

1

383.5

South Dakota School of
Mines and Technology

$40,000

None

333

Southern Polytechnic State
University

$20,000

None

312

Simon Fraser University

$4,000

None

53

“Old Fixed Wing Aircraft”


This plane achieved level 1

behavior in 2004


Designed as a low budget

custom UAV


Costs less than $3500 CDN


Custom microcontroller PCB, Operating System,
autopilot, analog sensors and other misc. items all
designed by students


Our competitors pay between $20,000 and $50,000
US for similar systems

Fixed Wing Aircraft




Specifications:


Wingspan: 4m


Length: 3m


Speed: 40kph


90kph


Flight Duration: 50min


Max Takeoff Weight: 50lbs

Fixed Wing Aircraft

Fixed Wing Aircraft
Construction

Vision System




Stereo Vision Processing


Locate symbols and windows


Provide depth perception


4
th

Year Projects


Programming Competition

Autonomous Parachute


Dropped from
airplane


Must autonomously
navigate itself
through a 1m by 1m
window


GPS/INS used first


Visual information
used to “home in” on
window

Ground Vehicle “The Bug”


Deployed by parachute


Searches the interior of the building

Special Thanks

to our Sponsors