Welcome to the UAV Laboratories

The purpose of the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratories, within the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, is to research, develop, and support a world class, open-source, and low cost aeronautics research infrastructure to enable research and education within the Department and world wide. Within the Department, our infrastructure is used to conduct flight research on navigation, guidance, and flight control systems to enable future commercial aircraft and small UAVs that are significantly safer and more fuel efficient. The UAV Laboratories supports education by bringing real-world aircraft development and flight testing experiences into undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as having about 20 undergraduate and 10 graduate research assistants working on research projects at any given time.

Beyond the Department, our infrastructure is used for conducting leading-edge aeronautics research. We work with academia, local businesses, and Minnesota state agencies to explore potential UAV uses and opportunities, such as precision agriculture, as well as developing a framework for safely integrating UAVs into the national airspace.


Mail University of Minnesota
107 Akerman Hall
110 Union St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0153
Office 130C Akerman Hall
Phone 612-626-3549
Email brtaylor (at)
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