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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation's International Aerial Robotics Competition is the longest running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world, having celebrated its quarter century anniversary in 2016. The primary purpose of the IARC is to move the state-of-the-art in aerial robotics forward through the creation of significant and useful mission challenges that are considered 'impossible' at the time that they are proposed.

With a long history of pushing the cutting-edge in aerial robotic behavior, the International Aerial Robotics Competition continues to challenge the best engineering students from around the world to develop the next generation of aerial robots. The IARC is not a "spectator sport," but rather a "technology sport." Numerous teams have demonstrated systems that have been of interest to industry and government, leading to sponsorship and contract opportunities.

Moreover, competitors have leveraged their competition contacts and experience to get jobs in the UAS industry or in government. The competition has always encouraged a collaborative atmosphere where teams compete against the mission and not against one another.

Mission 8

Beyond those technologies and behaviors that have been demonstrated during past missions , the following are emphasized:

1. Man-machine interaction (non-electronic command and control)

2. Fused sensory enhancement of a human operator by a fleet of aerial robots

3. Swarm interaction

4. Aerial target designation

5. Head-to-head interaction with opposing aerial robots


2015 China Nanyang Cup International Air Robot Competition

2015 China Nanyang Cup International Air Robot Competition

2015 China Nanyang Cup International Air Robot Competition


2018International Air Robot Competition

August 25, 2018

On the morning of August 26, the 2018 "Dream Angel Cup" International Air Robot Competition (Asia Pacific Division) was opened at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The seventh-generation mission officially ended in 2018, Zhejiang University won the first place, won 20,000 US dollars, Xiamen University won the second place 6,000 US dollars, Harbin Institute of Technology won the third place 4,000 dollars. At the same time, the eighth-generation mission was opened, and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Harbin Institute of Technology respectively received bonuses from the “Angel of the Dream”.