The Machine


Your team will design and build a quadcopter drone/UAS (uncrewed aircraft system) in order to complete the mission. You will select and purchase your own system components, based on the list of competition specifications provided in the UAS4STEM rule book upon registration.

Your team will then design and fabricate a custom mechanism for the drone to complete the specific mission challenge presented in the rule book. You will need to learn how to program an autopilot system, so that the tasks can be performed autonomously. As part of this process, students will complete an online ground school that covers basics of flight, safety, the national airspace, and more.

Each team will also need a laptop to function as a ground control station. This combined with your quadcopter drone will form a complete small uncrewed air system (sUAS) that will be operated by your team to complete the challenge.