Formula Drone is an organization that makes the emerging sport of drone racing more accessible to students. Through our program, many UCLA students with no prior drone experience have assembled fully functioning quadcopters. In addition to providing instruction for the design, assembly, piloting, and safety of drones, Formula Drone is involved in many projects meant to push the boundaries of this exciting industry.

This year, we participated in the AlphaPilot competition, a challenge sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Drone Racing League, and Nvidia to develop the software that would enable a drone to autonomously navigate through a race course. By finishing in 5th place out of over 400 teams in the qualifying rounds, our group now has the opportunity to travel across the country to compete with other finalists in an autonomous drone racing series known as Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR).

So far, Formula Drone has been a self-funded student organization—all drone parts and equipment have been purchased by our club members. However, our team needs financial support in order to compete in the AIRR races, which will take place in a number of cities across the United States. Funds will be used to cover the traveling expenses, including transportation, lodging, and food. Your generous contributions would allow us to fully showcase the incredible dedication and engineering prowess of our passionate members. If you would like to donate or want to know more, visit our campaign at:

https://spark.ucla.edu/amb/formulajeff

Over the past few months, our team has made a tremendous effort to earn a spot as one of the finalists in the AlphaPilot competition. Despite the diverse backgrounds and skills of our members, we have been united by our enthusiasm for innovation. Any donations would go a long way toward supporting our team and would be sincerely appreciated.

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 UCLA Samueli Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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