BYU's MAGICC Lab entered the AUVSI MAV Competition held at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on October 28-31, 2006 and placed first in the international competition. The event involved using a Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) outfitted with an autonomous system to image several ground targets at specified GPS locations and then drop a bomb (a paintball) on a specified target. BYU was able to see all three targets, of which they positively identified two. They then dropped the bomb within 4 feet of the fourth target, sealing the victory. Nathan Knoebel and Bret Milar participated in the competition. Ian Beaty, Blake Barber, Neil Johnson, and several other students from the MAGICC Lab helped prepare for the competition. We thank them and all other Magicc Lab personnel who helped in this effort. This competition has been featured in several newspapers and online sites. Nathan Knoebel and Brett Millar have been featured in radio and video excerpts as well.
Daily Universe: Mechanical Engineering Students Win Big
Deseret News: Tiny Y. plane flies to first place
Air Force Research Laboratory: Micro Aerial Vehicles fill skies over Eglin range