RC Flying Terps

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Who We Are

RCFT was started on July 3, 2017 by members from the Autonomous Unmanned Systems Stream (AUSS) in the First Year Research and Innovation Experience (FIRE) program.

  • Core FIRE Goals:
    • Authentic Research Practices
    • Discovery
    • Broadly Relevant Work
    • Collaboration
    • Resilience


  • Obtain a fleet of beginner quadcopters to teach less experienced members how to fly
  • Start a drone racing team at UMD and compete during the collegiate drone racing season
  • Expand membership base to non-STEM majors
  • Obtain a small outdoor flying net for on campus demonstrations to educate those without any experience in engineering or aeronautics