MAV Student Challenge 2017

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Penn State Poster Session for MAV Student ChallengeAHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — invites student teams to participate in the 5th Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge. This electric-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) MAV competition awards points towards prizes for both “form” and “function” of the MAV. With respect to “form,” teams with unique, innovative and robust VTOL MAV design are awarded points. With respect to “function,” teams that demonstrate the best flight and autonomy capabilities are awarded. Overall, teams showing superior system integration of vehicle flight systems, sensors and remote-operation-station are considered for final awards. 

Check out the most challenging Competition Rules ever as students compete head-to-head for awards totaling $5,000 USD.

The 5th Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge will be held at the 73rd AHS International Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Ft Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, Texas on Monday afternoon, May 8, 2017. The competition is conducted by AHS International’s Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft Committee. The committee hopes that the annual MAV Student Challenges will lead to advances in this area and help to develop increased expertise by students and universities. 

If you have any questions, check out the MAV Student Challenge Frequently Asked Questions or contact Jacquelyn Banas at jdbanas[at]gmail.com

Come to the head-to-head competition at Forum 73 on May 8, 2017This year, a record 14 teams registered to compete in the — the most ever! 


The 1st Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at AHS Forum 69 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 21, 2013.

The 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at AHS Forum 70 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec on May 19, 2014. 

The 3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at AHS Forum 71 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia on May 4, 2015.

The 4th Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at AHS Forum 72 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 16, 2016.

(Photograph by Jason L. Pereira.)