Team Caerus


About Team Caerus

Team Caerus is a sub-group of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Aersopace Club. It was originally formed in 2016 to complete the IARC UAV Mission 7.

The team is named after the minor Greek god of opportunity, luck, and favorable moments. The team's drone, The Momus, is named after the Greek god of satire and mockery.

Current Mission

Team Caerus is currently working on Mission 8 for IARC. The challenge involves building a swarm capable of assisting a human operator in an arena, providing protection to the operator, and allowing the operator to have eyes on multiple locations at once.

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System Components

The body of The Momus is 3D-printed and rotor blades are made of a carbon fiber to maximize the power-to-weight ratio. The rotor arms were manufactured to be detachable in the event that a replacement arm was needed or a new design was being implemented.

The graphical processing and logic occurs on an NVIDIA Jetson GPU. The Jetson interfaces with the on-boarh fish-eye lens camera to monitor game objects, predict behavior, and relay this information to the printed circuit boards that control the motors.

The PCBs issue movement commands to the motors, maintain aerial stability, react when The Momus encounters obstacles, and cut power to the motors in the case of an emergency kill scenario.

Caerus Lineup

Daric Teske
Club Captain

Autonomy
The Autonomy team deals with creating drone platforms that are capable of obstacle avoidance and responding to commands.

ZAK HARPER
SAM HARRE
GRANT PHILLIPS
GARRET ULMER

Commands
The Commands team is working with audio and gesture recognition so that an operator is able to issue commands to the drones.

CATHERINE KRUEGER
JONATHAN MAHLIN
HENRY RECKER
JESSEE ZHANG

Swarmming
The Swarmming team is building a network to enable two-way communication between drones, and allow for complex flight interactions.

LOGAN GARBER
NICK JOHS
ELLIOT SANDFORT

Telemetry
The Telemetry team takes the data and video feeds generated from each drone, and aggregates it in a way that will be useful to an operator.

JACOB KOPERSKI
GERSON URIARTE

Program Sponsors


The NASA Nebraska Space Grant provides grant funding to organizations that meet certain diversity and research requirements.


UNL's Engineering Student Advisory Board (eSAB) provides funding to organizations that promote engineering and community outreach.

Contact Caerus

Feel free to contact us with questions concerning our UAV, its design, the behind-the-scenes software, or any other questions about our project.

info@unluav.com