CUAir is an interdisciplinary project team combining aspects of computer science, engineering, and business. The team aims to provide students from all majors at Cornell with an opportunity to learn about unmanned air systems in a hands-on setting.
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CUAir competes in the annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Competition sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) at the PAX River Naval Base in Maryland. Our team members gain incredible experiences with methods and tools used by the industry throughout the entire process of manufacturing our systems.



Check out what we've done!

2015: Icarus/Eos

The Eos air system takes things to a new level. Eos's design features a significant drop in weight and new elements of flight, such as catapult launching and controlled belly landing. Like its predecessors, Eos's body is fully composite. With a lighter payload and no landing gear, Eos is CUAir's lightest custom-built aircraft yet at 17 pounds. The airframe's belly is protected by Kevlar fiber to prevent any damage to the airframe and payload during controlled belly landings. Eos is powered by a brushless motor. Electricity is provided by two lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries to the propulsion system and onboard computer and autopilot systems.


Recruiting season is back for the Spring 2016 semester! This semester, CUAir is looking for mechanical engineers ONLY to join our Mechanical sub-team.

  • January 27 - Application opens
  • January 28 - Come visit our table in Duffield Atrium
  • January 31, 1-4PM - ClubFest (Barton Hall)
  • February 1, 5PM - Lab Tour (Academic Surge A*)
  • February 5, 5PM - Lab Tour (Academic Surge A*)
  • February 7, 11:59PM ET - Application closes

  • *Academic Surge A is located in the Ag Quad.
Our application is now open! Click here to apply.


Thank you sponsors! As an independent student organization, CUAir relies heavily on external sources for funding. Without the generous support of our sponsors, we would not be where we are today: a world-class team in the area of autonomous aircraft design and fabrication. CUAir depends on these contributions to excel and expand our efforts. With this support, we aim to continue our success at the competition next June.

Sponsorship benefits include tax deductible donations, increased recruiting presence on Cornell University's campus, direct access to the CUAir members, and national visibility on both the CUAir website and aircraft.

To learn more about the sponsorship process and the benefits of CUAir sponsors take a look at our sponsorship packet or fill out the "Contact Us" form below.

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