Mission 7 Splash

International Aerial Robotics Competition

Mission 7


Mission Description

During Mission 7, teams demonstrated interaction between fully autonomous aerial robots and moving objects (specifically, autonomous ground robots), navigation in a sterile environment with no external navigation aids such as GPS or large stationary points of reference such as walls, and interaction between moving obstacles.

Mission 7 took a monumental leap by requiring automonous aerial robots to interact with and control autonomous ground robots. Teams were tasked with developing systems to herd ground robots out one end of an arena in the absence of 3D cues such as walls. The ground robots could only be interacted with by touch. A top touch would command a 45 degree clockwise turn and a blocking action would result in a 180 degree turn. To complicate matters, the ground robots do a 180 degree turn every 20 seconds and add up to 15 degrees of trajectory noise every 5 seconds. The ground robots also impact one another and quickly devolve into non-derministic travel. In the midst of the arena were four obstacle robots to complicate navigation and obstacle avoidance. The aerial robots had to dynamically determine a best course of action to keep the ground robots from exiting the arena on three of four sides of the arena.


The top performing teams in 2017 consistently demonstrated the ability to (a) fly completely autonomously, (b) search the arena for ground robots, (c) actively avoid arena obstacles, (d) track ground robots, (e) descend to block path and reverse direction of ground robots, (f) actuate the "top touch" switches, and (g) interact with multiple ground robots during a 10-minute run. All of the requisite Mission 7 behaviors had been demonstrated in 2017 by different teams, but no single team has demonstrated everything. The 2018 competition would see the end of Mission 7, with a winner being announced.

Official Rules and Scenario

Mission 7 Competitors

  • flag Alexandria Institute of Engineering & Technology: Alexandria, Egypt
  • flag Beihang University: Haidian District, Beijing, China
  • flag Birla Institute of Technology & Science - Pilani: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • flag California State University, Northridge: Northridge, California, United States
  • flag Civil Aviation University of China: Tianjin, Shandong, China
  • flag Delhi Technological University: New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • flag École de Technologie Supérieure: Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • flag Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
  • flag Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • flag Harbin Engineering University: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
  • flag Hindustan University of Technology & Science: Chennai, India
  • flag Hong Kong University of Science & Technology: Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • flag Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur: Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
  • flag International University of Chabahar: Chabahar, Iran
  • flag Islamic Azad University of Najafabad: Najafabad, Iran
  • flag Istanbul Technical University: Istanbul, Turkey
  • flag Kennesaw State University: Marietta, Georgia, United States
  • flag Marshal Suryadarma Aerospace University: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • flag Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • flag Missouri University of Science & Technology: Rolla, Missouri, United States
  • flag Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • flag National Taiwan University of Science & Technology: Taipei, Taiwan
  • flag Naval Aeronautical and Astronautical University: Yantai, Shandong, China
  • flag Ningxia University: Yinchuan, China
  • flag North Dakota State University: Fargo, North Dakota, United States
  • flag Northeastern University: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • flag Norwegian University of Science & Technology: Trondheim, Norway
  • flag Old Dominion University: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
  • flag Oregon State University: Corvallis, Oregon, United States
  • flag PES University: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • flag Pima Community College: Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • flag Pokhara University: Lalitpur, Nepal
  • flag Purdue University: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
  • flag Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • flag St. Olaf College / Carleton College: Northfield, Minnesota, United States
  • flag South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
  • flag Sun Yat-Sen University: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • flag Temasek Polytechnic: Singapore
  • flag Tsinghua University: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • flag Universidad Politécnica de Madrid: Madrid, Spain
  • flag University of Alabama in Huntsville: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
  • flag University of California, San Diego: La Jolla, California, United States
  • flag University of Central Florida: Orlando, Florida, United States
  • flag University of Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • flag University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
  • flag University of Nebraska - Lincoln: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
  • flag University of Ottawa: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • flag University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • flag University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • flag University of Texas at Austin: Austin, Texas, United States
  • flag Xiamen University: Xiamen, Fujian, China
  • flag Zhejiang University: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China