Students compete in the Aerial International Robotic Racing of Unmanned Systems (AIRUS)

AIRUS LogoStudents from Texas A&M University and the University of Sydney in Australia will see how difficult it is to control an aircraft on the other side of the Earth during the Aerial International Robotic Racing of Unmanned Systems (AIRUS) competition on Saturday (Dec. 5) beginning at 6 p.m. (CST).

Texas A&M students will have the opportunity to fly a quadrotor that is located 8,000 miles away in Sydney, Australia in a race against students in Sydney who will fly a quadrotor located in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center on the Texas A&M campus. The quadrotors, controlled by the pilots through first-person view, will race around an obstacle course for the title of AIRUS University Champion of the World.

All of the unmanned systems were designed and set up by a team consisting of members from both student branches of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). There will be several quadrotors and simulators at each venue. Funded in part the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Aerospace Technology Research and Operations Center (ASTRO) and Center for Autonomous Vehicles & Sensor Systems (CANVASS), this will be the first remotely controlled quadrotor race through the Internet in another country.

For more information, contact Benjamin Morrell at