Unmanned Ground Vehicle Subteam Member

Riverside, United States

        The Engineering Department is where the magic happens. With a multidisciplinary team of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineers, we develop a fully-functional autonomous plane from scratch to take part in the annual AUVSI-SUAS competition in Maryland.

        Subteams are specialized teams that produce particular subsystems defined by the project’s need. In addition to contributing towards the overall product, subteams serve as an opportunity for UCR-UAS members to engage in both leadership and technical development roles.


        Join UCR-UAS to Inspire, Educate, and Innovate not only to develop the Aerospace industry in our region but to also hone your skills in a realistic way!


        The Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Subteam is responsible for the design, development, and testing of an unmanned ground vehicle that is capable of accomplishing mission tasks that are presented by the AUVSI SUAS Competition which includes, but not limited to:

        • Demonstrating that the UGV payload drop from the UAV can land accurately within a certain target radius without sustaining damage

        • Exhibiting the UGV’s autonomous driving capabilities

        • Showing that the UGV can safely and accurately transport a package once in autonomous driving mode


        UGV team members are responsible for assisting with the design, construction, and testing of the UGV, a multidisciplinary project that can be be categorized into the following areas:

        UPDATE: UGV is currently seeking members interested in working on Manual & Autonomous Software or the Electrical & Power System. Open positions are limited, and consideration is made on a first-come, first-serve basis.


        • Chassis & Vehicle Mechanics: Use SolidWorks to design the chassis, electronics carriage, and any other components of the UGV, and compile components in an assembly file. Previous knowledge of SolidWorks, manufacturing methods such as 3D printing, and material selection is highly recommended, but not required.
          Related assignments are open to all majors, but are best suited for the following majors: mechanical engineering. 
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        • Payload Drop: Design a winch-cable system to safely lower the UGV from the UAV. A payload package will also be designed using SolidWorks, and will have to integrate with the UGV chassis and not hinder its driving capabilities. Previous knowledge of SolidWorks, gear train design, manufacturing methods such as 3D printing, and material selection is highly recommended, but not required. An understanding of basic electrical systems and the Arduino programming language is a plus. Related assignments are open to all majors, but are best suited for the following majors: mechanical engineering. [CLOSED]

        • Manual & Autonomous Software: Write code for manual and autonomous operation of all UGV electrical components including motors, altimeter, GPS module, and compass. Knowledge of the Arduino interface and programming language are highly recommended, but not required.
          Related assignments are open to all majors, but are best suited for the following majors: computer science.


        • Electrical & Power System: Design an electrical system for the UGV that incorporates all the necessary operational components, and implement a power system that will be sufficient for operating the UGV. Previous knowledge of electrical wiring and PCB design is highly recommended, but not required.
          Related assignments are open to all majors, but are best suited for the following majors: electrical engineering.


        Please note that since this is a student-lead organization, all positions are unpaid.

        Email your questions and portfolio to ucruas+ugvmember@gmail.com.