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First Project Meetings


Pitt RAS has finalized first project meetings of the semester.

IARC: Tuesday, Sept. 5th @ 9pm in 1235 Benedum Hall
DraggleBot: Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ 8pm in 1235 Benedum Hall
Erasinator: Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ 9pm in 1235 Benedum Hall
Sailbot: Thursday, Sept. 7th @ 9pm in 1235 Benedum Hall


General Body Meeting on September 3rd, 2pm-3pm in Benedum Hall 102


The Pitt RAS will be holding our first general body meeting of the semester, open to all, on Sunday, September 3rd at 2pm. The meeting will be held in Benedum Hall, room 102 (The large conference room behind the orange desk on the first floor of Benedum, also known as the Engineering Building). We will be presenting our projects for the semester, and introducing our new project leads. Pizza will also be present.


IARC Mission 7 Technical Postmortem 2017


During the 2016-2017 academic year the Robotics and Automation Society at the University of Pittsburgh designed and built a drone to compete in Mission 7 of the International Aerial Robotics Competition. The team competed at the American venue and was awarded “Best System Design” and achieved the highest score at the venue.

This post will explore from a technical perspective the current capabilities of 2017’s entry, the overall design of the system, and the challenges facing the team in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Image of drone flying with pilots in background

Current Capabilities:


The drone is currently capable of estimating its absolute position in the vertical direction and its absolute horizontal velocity. We are capable of reliable and controlled autonomous takeoff and landing as well as horizontal translation under velocity control. Velocity control allows us to fly pseudo-waypoints (requesting a velocity for an amount...