Unmanned Aerial Systems at UCLA serves as an opportunity for UCLA undergraduate students to work with unmanned aerial systems without diving too deep into the raw theory behind these platforms. Our team is focused on offering a hands-on experience for undergraduates seeking to apply their skills acquired in class and explore the broader field of robotics.
Our team is divided into four major technical divisions:
In addition, our Business subteam is responsible for leadership, sponsorship, branding, and recruitment operations throughout the year. This team specifically is purely nontechnical and designed to be open to all students at UCLA inside or outside the engineering school.
An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is any aircraft without a human pilot on board, which typically operate under various degrees of robotic autonomy. These types of systems originated mostly in military applications, but have since expanded into commercial, scientific, recreational, and agricultural sectors of the economy.
Here is a picture of Spinny, the 32lb unmanned aerial system ("quadcopter") our team designed for the 2018 and 2019 AUVSI SUAS competitions.
This is the same signup that we had out at the Enourmous Activities Fair and Engineering Welcome Day -- If you signed up at either of those events, you're all set! If you are not sure whether or not you filled out the form, or otherwise came across our website in another way, just sign up above and we'll get you on the email list.
Slack is the primary source of communication on UAS@UCLA. It offers instant messaging to everyone on the team and provides channels for general discussions. You will need your UCLA email to do this.
Use our registration page here to do so. Note that the g. prefix is NOT required.
Check your UCLA email for a confirmation.
After confirming your email, you'll be prompted to create an account. Please you your first and last name (both first character capitalized) for the Full name field!
Every student should have a UCLA email (typically something like email@example.com). To check your email, go to gmail.com and sign in (with firstname.lastname@example.org as the username). Information for how to do this is available here.
In the event that you would like to use a different email or are having trouble with your campus email, please use the contact form at the bottom of our homepage and request to be added to our Slack channel (using the email field as the email you intend to use).
Channels on Slack are used to distinguish communication on different projects. UAS@UCLA has adopted the following format for our channels:
Everyone who joins our Slack workspace gets added to these channels automatically. Because of this, we don't recommend spamming them too much, since everyone on the team will get a notification. For more specific discussions, please create a separate channel and invite only the people that need to be in the discussion.
In addition, to contact one of our team leads, use the Direct Message feature and type in their name. Use our convenient Members webpage to identify who is who!
Slack has an iOS and Android app that you can download to stay on top of everything going on within our team, in addition to other organizations that you are also signed up for on Slack. In addition, there are Mac and Windows desktop apps that can run directly on your computer.
We highly recommend downloading the Slack application on your phone & enabling all notifications to stay on top of everything. Due to the size of our team, we cannot verify that everyone has their notifications set up correctly, so it is up to each individual person to set it up as they wish. At a minimum, make sure you are getting all notifications for our #1_announcements channel.
Using the contact form at the bottom of our homepage to get in contact with our leadership team.