IARC Mission 8

Official Rules

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American Venue: July 31 - August 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Asia/Pacific Venue: August 3 - August 5, 2018 in Beijing, China (date tentative)

2018 Competition Procedure


Cutting-Edge Technology


Multidisciplinary Teams


Real-World Applicability

What is the IARC

The premier aerial robotics challenge since 1991

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. See the video below for more information about the current mission of the competition: Mission 8.

Is your team up to tackling

Mission 8?

The current Mission 8 challenges teams to demonstrate new behaviors that have never before been attempted in any of the past IARC missions. These include man-machine interaction (non-electronic command and control), fused sensor enhancement of a human operator by a fleet of aerial robots, swarm interaction, and head-to-head interaction with opposing aerial robots.

Our IARC Mission 8