The International Aerial Robotics Competition
The International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) is the longest running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world, whose primary goal is to “move the state-of-the-art in aerial robotics forward”. In order to succeed with this ambitious goal, IARC poses challenges deemed “impossible” when introduced. The longest mission running was mission 6, going for 8 years before Georgia Institute of Technology solved the mission.
IARC Mission 9
Following the resolution of Mission 8 in the summer of 2019, IARC released the Mission 9 details the following October. The narrative revolves around a dystopian future, where an AI overlord dominates the earth and patrols the seas using autonomous Hunter-Killer vessels. The team is part of a resistance group based on a remote island. The mission is to take control of one of these vessels using an autonomous drone to replace the communications module on the ships mast with one of our own modules.
The Autonomous Drone Racing (ADR) group was started in February 2019 as Ascend's first foray into the world of autonomous drone racing. Formed to compete in Lockheed Martin and DRL’s brand new ADR competition - AlphaPilot - we placed 10th of 425 teams in the virtual qualifier. Unfortunately only the top 9 teams qualified for the four race long 2019 season. Although no ADR competitions were held this year, the group has been hard at work building and testing systems both in simulation and on the group's test drone. In the future the ADR group aims to represent Ascend NTNU in AlphaPilot or in other autonomous drone racing competitions.