University of Hawaii Drone Technologies (UHDT) is a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) that will participate in the Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (SUAS) by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). This multidisciplinary team will design and integrate an unmanned aerial system (UAS) capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing, and the completion of specific tasks. Last year, UHDT VIP was the first team from Hawaii to ever participate in the competition.

Mission Statement

The purpose of VIP UHDT is to effectively implement an autonomous Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that successfully performs the tasks completed last year and improves the image processing efficiency, creates a functional interoperability subsystem, and adds an airdrop system.

Project Summary

The Mission Demonstration portion of the competition is set up to simulate a search and rescue. The tasks include Autonomous Flight, Object Detection, Classification, Localization, Obstacle Avoidance, and Air Delivery.

Last year’s UAS attempted the Autonomous Flight and the Object Detection, Classification, Localization tasks of the competition. This year’s team is looking to complete the tasks attempted last year, as well as the Air Delivery task. The image processing proficiency of the UAS will also be improved from last year.

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Performance Summary

Maiden Flight!

November 8, 2016

During the maiden flight of the team’s 2017 UAS, the MyTwinDream airframe flew for the first time after assembly and installation of electronics. This outing consisted of two successful flights which featured the successful integration of the autonomous flight mission requirement. The next test flight will include the integration of the WiFi antenna, which will work towards the image processing mission requirement.


Contact Info


Project Manager: Chase Yasunaga

Team Captain: Marte Martinez