The USC Autonomous Flying Vehicle (AFV) Project: Year 2000 Status

James F. Montgomery

Robot helicopter research at the University of Southern California began in 1991 with the formation of the Autonomous Flying Vehicle (AFV) Project and continues to the present day. During this time our lab has designed, built and conducted research with three robot helicopters. A brief project history and background is given, followed by a more detailed description of the current state and accomplishments of the project. We conclude with a discussion of future research plans.