Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge


The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an international robotics competition organized by Khalifa University. The goal of MBZIRC is to demonstrate the current scientific and technological achievements in robotics and to create innovation in the field of robotics.

Competition Video

Virginia Tech has been accepted as one of 45 teams to compete!

Challenge Description

Challenge 1: Autonomously locate and land a UAV (drone) on the back of a moving truck.
Challenge 2: Autonomously locate and operate a valve stem with a UGV (ground vehicle).
Challenge 3: Autonomously locate, pick, and place static and moving objects using three UAVs.
Challenge 4: Challenge 1, 2, and 3 simultaneously.


Progress Report 1


Unmanned Vehicles

Unmanned Ground Vehicle – TREX

TREX is an open-source Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) with high mobility and performance capabilities, that can be built using off-the-shelf components. This UGV has been designed and built by students at CMS for competing in Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotic Challenge (MBZIRC2017).

TREX with a UR5 manipulator

A detailed assembly guide of TREX can be found here. All 3D model CAD files can be found in TREX_Platform GitHub repository. Moreover, we have developed a ROS package to control the UGV, which can be in trex GitHub repository.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – BOGEY

BOGEY is a multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that is designed to survive above average wind speed conditions (averaging at 20mph), while maintaining stability for operations including visual object detection.

BOGEY at Virginia Tech

A detailed assembly guide of BOGEY can be found here.