US-Asian Micro Air Vehicle Event This Week

Posted 10 Mar 2008 at 22:12 UTC by steve Share This

The less than concisely named 1st US-Asian Demonstration & Assessment of Micro-Aerial & Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology event is this week in Agra, India. The main purpose of the event is to showcast COTS-based Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) and Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) robots. There will be static judging of the robots as well as live demonstrations. According to a Nature News article, the MAV teams will be competing for up to $600,000US in funding. The maximum size for flying robots in the event is 30 cm. The article notes that while some teams try to "shrink" traditional aircraft to this size, they are at a disadvantage due to air turbulence. The best results are from robots based on birds and insects. One robot that will be competing is RoboSwift, which we reported on last year. You can catch video of the RoboSwift in action on YouTube.

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