The University of West Florida’s (UWF) Unmanned Systems Lab is competing in the Florida University Satellite (FUNSat) Project. The FUNSat project is a competition among various Universities in Florida to design a miniaturized satellite (10cm x 10cm x 10cm) that will be launched into space. The satellite being designed by the lab team will be used to test the effects of Electro-Magnetic Radiation (EMR) on Non-Volatile Magneto-Resistive Random Access Memory (MRAM), a relatively new technology. The team is currently designing and testing the systems and sub-systems to be contained in UWF’s initial FUNSat project submission.
Detailed Design Report Due: 18 April 2014
Workshop: 8 May 2014
Unmanned Ground Team
- Differentiate and go between colored flags
- Operate only in authorized boundaries
- Avoid obstacles on the course
- Navigate to 8 GPS waypoints
- Carry a 20 lb. payload
- Tele-operation capability
- Robust, varied terrain platform
- Recording and transmitting all sensory data
Kevin Van Landingham
Mark Shipps Jr
Competing June 6th - 9th
A forest fire has erupted and an unmanned aerial vehicle is needed for reconnaissance. Our team is called upon to provide a rapid response, via an unmanned air system, that can support this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. The air team is working towards the construction of a fully autonomous vehicle. The unmanned vehicle will possess the ability to takeoff, fly a set path of waypoints, and land. It will also be able to record high quality video from a 700-foot altitude.
Fact sheet: 5/7
Journal paper: 5/28
Proof of flight video: 6/4
Competition day: 6/18
Design and build an autonomous boat that will be taken to the AUVSI foundation 7TH Annual International Roboboat competition. Click for the Competition Website >
By joining the Unmanned Roboboat team, members gain skills in robotics as well as electrical, systems, and computer engineering. All the skills gained from the Unmanned lab help students’ advancement towards their future goals with tools that can be applied in a real world setting. The student driven project allows for the students to gain new knowledge at their own pace, while gaining beneficial skills in research, design, and development.
Competition: July 8-13, 2014