International Aerial Robotics Competition
At the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) in 2004, WARG achieved level 1, earning a 1st place finish. In 2005, WARG placed 2nd overall. Additionally, past team members have won Best Technical Paper and awards for innovation. In keeping with the university’s spirit of innovation, all this was done at the tenth of the budget of most other schools.
In 2009, WARG participated in its first ever hosted competition in order to generate interest in the team and challenge the young engineers of the school. In partnership with IEEE, WARG ran the 2009 Frosh Design competition. The first year competition involved 10 groups of 4 first year students who received fuselage kits for a remote control plane. They then had to design their own wing and create control surfaces using servos.
This is a small sized VTOL aircraft capable of manoeuvring indoors and outdoors. It is propelled by two counter rotating blades enclosed in a duct and can alter its angular and lateral velocity using control surfaces that block portions of the air stream. It contains inertial navigation sensors, GPS sensors and a custom designed microcontroller board. Its indoor navigation system is designed around stereoscopic vision sensors.
Autonomous Ram Air Parachute
This vehicle is capable of being dropped from a large scale aircraft and will follow a pre-programmed path to deliver a payload to the inside of a building. These parachutes control themselves via toggles that allow it to turn left, right or alter its glide slope.
Indoor Ground Probe Vehicle
A simple, light weight, modular and cheap ground vehicle capable of navigating indoors and carrying payload sensors that is capable of relaying reconnaissance information to a base station.
Small Scale Fixed Wing Aircraft
This is an airplane capable of flying autonomously through a course of GPS points. It is capable of covering large distance of speeds up to 140 kph. This system utilizes GPS, airspeed and altimeter sensors to control itself via a micro-controller. This vehicle successfully completed Level 1 at 2005’s competition.
Large Scale Fixed Wing Aircraft
This vehicle is designed to expand on the capabilities of our smaller fixed wing aircraft. It will possess the ability to carry an array of sensors (typically vision based), follow complex requested paths, and drop probes at precise locations. Currently this vehicle is in the construction stage.
This vehicle was used in the millennium competition. It was designed to search a disaster area and take photographs of key areas.
Hyperion unmanned aerial vehicle
The Hyperion is UAV that was designed and built by WARG members. The UAV is a high wing airplane that is meant to carry a significant payload and drop a parachute from inside its fuselage.
The Hyperion is going to be retired and hung from the rafters of E5, the new state of the art design centre at the University. With a wingspan of 14 feet, which is 2.5 times the width of a car, the many students, professors, public and media who visit the building’s attention will be attracted to the plane.