The Purdue Aerial Robotics Team IEEE was founded back in 1996 as a committee within the Purdue IEEE Student Organization. The team's mission is to create an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to compete in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Air Systems (AUVSI SUAS) Competition. This competition will take place in Webster Field, Maryland in 2018. The team, consisting of AeroMechanical, Electrical, and Software sub-teams, develops a comprehensive system that performs various autonomous tasks.
The Aerial Robotics Team consists of both engineering and non-engineering focuses. The engineering goals are to create mathematical and physical models, construct prototypes, and develop a final, mission-ready system. The non-engineering goals are to develop relationships with companies, encourage a collaborative work environment, communicate effectively with team members, and provide learning opportunities for students of any discipline and experience level. Achieving these goals will help us develop a UAS that meets the rigorous standards demanded by the competition, in order to succeed as a team.