Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Lab

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

University of Minnesota

Director: Chris Regan

Participating Faculty: D. Gebre-Egziabher and P. Seiler

Location: 305 and 130C Akerman Hall

The UAV research group develops and supports a world class, low cost, open-source avionics platform enabling research and education within the department and worldwide. Our infrastructure is used to conduct flight research on navigation, guidance, and flight control systems to enable future commercial aircraft and small UAVs to be significantly safer and more fuel efficient. The UAV Laboratory supports education by bringing real-world aircraft development and flight testing experiences into undergraduate and graduate level courses. Beyond our 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, surveying and mapping invasive species, as well as developing a framework for safely integrating UAVs into the national airspace.