This paper provides an overview of the first participation of the design developed by the undergraduate students of American University of Sharjah to meet the requirements laid forth in the 2008 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Student UAS competition. The overall objective of the competition is to fly autonomously over a GPS waypoint defined route and also to identify and locate ground based targets within a confined area. To meet the objectives an unmanned aircraft is equipped with autonomous functionality and aerial imaging system. A ground station and supportive software to keep track of the aircraft routine and log the raw data gained from the flight is also designed. Achieving complete success depends upon mission elements which include autonomous take-off and landing, autonomous control and waypoint navigation. The onboard equipment used was a flight control computer network, IMU, GPS, an air data system and a camera. Additionally, safety features such as manual override was also installed. Presented in this report are aircraft design and testing, the processes involved in accomplishing the goal, and the results and achievements.

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