Aztec A.I.R.

SDSU’s Premier Aerial Robotics Team!

Who We Are

Aztec A.I.R. stands for Aeronautical Integrated Robotics. The AIR team is made up of a handful of dedicated, inspired, and upward-driven students striving to reach their goals — and pick up invaluable practical engineering and teamwork skills in the process. Aztec A.I.R. is open to all enrolled SDSU students: undergraduate or graduate, part-time or full-time, experience or none, engineering major or not. Preference is of course given to IEEE members.

Join Us!

Do you have a passion for drones/quadcopters, or some technical curiosity? Come to our project meetings! Meetings are (day) from (time) to (time) at (location). If you have any further inquiries into the Aztec A.I.R. team, please contact the project lead or come to the project meetings. 

Our Objective

Our objective is to foster learning about aerial robotics in the electrical and computer engineering community at State, and the SDSU community at large. Through practical application of engineering theory and teamwork, we hope to empower and educate all of our team members through their time at SDSU and into their futures.

Past Competitions and Accomplishments

Assembly and First Flights

The beginnings of Aztec A.I.R. came from the Fall 2014 semester, when a few forward-thinking IEEE officers and enthusiastic students got together and decided to start SDSU IEEE’s very first drone project. We purchased two built-it-yourself drone kits, and as a team soldered and assembled the drones. Afterwards, we flew the drones for the first times, and some were more successful than others; we broke so many¬†propellers that we had to buy more!

SDSU Rocket Club Collaboration and Launch Filming

For the Spring 2015 semester, we teamed up with our fellow engineering students in the SDSU Rocket Club to film their most recent rocket launch. After months of debugging the drones, honing our piloting skills, and designing a custom chassis for one of our cameras, we headed out to the desert. After camping overnight in the desert, we witnessed a few other schools’ rocket launches, and failures! Then, it was time for the main event: the launch of the SDSU rocket. Our drones were able to film the launch of the rocket¬†successfully, and the footage is in the video below.

Future Development and Goals

International Aerial Robotics Competition

Our next goal for our drones is to fly them in the yearly International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). The IARC is a three decade-long competition that has been the longest running collegiate aerial robotics challenge in the world since its conception in 1991. The competition is held in two separate locations: Georgia Institute of Technology, and Beijing. Our hope is to compete in the next challenge at Georgia Tech.