About the Technology

About the 2022-2023 Technologies

Solar Powered Aerial Vehicles

Using only sunlight to create lift force, these aerial vehicles can levitate without any moving parts, even at altitudes where the air is too thin for airplanes and balloons.

Read more about solar powered aerial vehicles.


Second Technology: TBA

Watch this space to learn the second technology option for the 22-23 Y-Prize

Tech Briefing Video

Watch a recording of our virtual tech briefing, featuring a deep dive on this year’s technologies from Penn researchers.

About the Labs

Device Research and Engineering Laboratory (New Memory)
The Device Research and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Prof. Deep Jariwala, is engaged in the study, design, and development of nanometer and atomic scale devices, materials and interfaces for applications in computing, sensing, information technology and renewable energy.

General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception
(GRASP) Laboratory
(Steerable Needle)
GRASP is an interdisciplinary academic and research center within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1979, the GRASP Lab is a premier robotics incubator that fosters collaboration between students, research staff, and faculty focusing on fundamental research in vision, perception, control systems, automation, and machine learning.