Soton UAV is a research team consisting of academics, staff and post-graduate researchers/students based at the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment's Computational Engineering and Design Group. We are part of the Autonomous Systems research group, a University Strategic Research Group aiming to achieve a global top five reputation and provide continuity of funding for world class science and research in the area of autonomous systems.
We design, manufacture and fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from a research perspective. Many of our systems make use of cutting-edge design methods, state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and novel applications of technology. For example: in 2011, we designed the World's first 3D printed UAV (Sulsa) and more recently we flew it in Antarctica with the Royal Navy; and in 2016, we performed a flight display of our 35 kg Light UAV (Spotter) at Farnborough International Airshow (click here to see the video on YouTube).
Our 'Platforms' are used to perform research projects of all shapes and sizes. Some of our larger projects and collaborations are listed on our 'Projects' page. Hopefully, this website will give you an insight to what we do and who we are. If you want any further information please head to our 'Contact Us' page for details on how to get in touch.