UVic AERO is a group of 45+ engineering students that design, build and test Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS’s). A UAS is a system comprised of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a ground control station, and a system that communicates between the two. AERO competes annually in the Unmanned Systems Canada Student competition against other Canadian Universities.
AERO’s ultimate goal is to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience working in the fast-growing industry of aerial robotics. Members learn to apply practical skills as they design and create software, circuit boards, mechanical devices, and airframes, all while working in a large team of students across many different disciplines.
UVic AERO competes in an annual competition for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), run by Unmanned Systems Canada. In the past, these competitions were tailored to applications within the agricultural, oil & gas, mining, and law enforcement industries. The competition pushes the team to design and fabricate many complex systems, integrate them into one UAV, and test the system in a relatively short period of time. This time-intensive process forces the team to learn and apply new knowledge to real world problems.
UVic AERO is run by a team of passionate students who dedicate their time to improving the field of aeronautical research and the community that they live in. AERO’s main objectives are: