Skip to main content
Intellect

BYU engineering students take second place honors in flight competition

In its first year of competing in the Fourth Annual Student Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition in St. Inigoes, Md., a team of Brigham Young University students took second place.

The electrical and computer engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering students designed a 4.5-pound vehicle capable of autonomous takeoff, flight and landing. During the June competition, they also used Global Positioning Satellite coordinates to fly to designated waypoints, identify targets on the ground and geo-locate targets on Webster Field Naval Base.

The BYU entry beat out those from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, San Diego and Virginia Tech, among others.

Working under advisers Clark Taylor and Randy Beard of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Tim McLain of the Mechanical Engineering Department, the students included Breton Prall, Matthew Nokleby, Paul Millett, Andres Rodriguez, Nathan Rasmussen and Neil Johnson.

The MAGICC Lab (Multi-AGent Intelligent Coordination and Control Laboratory) at BYU has over ten years of experience in designing and implementing robotic systems, and several years specifically in aerial robotics.

The competition was sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

For more information, contact Clark N. Taylor at (801) 422-3903.

Related at BYU: Last year, the Deseret Morning News reported that students working under the direction of Randy Beard and Tim McLain won a national engineering competition, beating out professional teams from Boeing, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Learn more about unmanned airplane technology developed in BYU's MAGICC lab here.

Writer: Elizabeth Kasper

Read More From

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

New healthcare leadership minor prepares BYU students to tackle industry challenges

August 15, 2022
BYU’s burgeoning Healthcare Leadership Collaborative (HLC) is a cross-campus organization that connects BYU students to an extensive network of healthcare industry experts, providing them with valuable experiential learning opportunities.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Students who love lunchtime are more likely to feel belonging at school says BYU study

August 14, 2022
Students who enjoy lunchtime are more likely to feel that they belong at school; which is correlated with better academic outcomes and better mental health.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

400 million voting records show persistent gaps in voter turnout by race, age, and political affiliation

August 10, 2022
A new study from BYU and the University of Virginia analyzed 400 million voter records from elections in 2014 and 2016 and found that minority citizens, young people, and those who support the Democratic Party are much less likely to vote than whites, older citizens, and Republican Party supporters. Moreover, those in the former groups are also more likely to live in areas where their neighbors are less likely to vote.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=