School of Engineering students take part in AIAA design, build, fly competition in Arizona

Issued: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:23:00 BST

This year, for the first time, undergraduate students from the School of Engineering took part to design, build and fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) Design, Build, Fly competition is an international competition attracting competitors from academic institutions across the globe who all compete to design and build a model-scale fixed-wing aircraft. Held in Arizona, the competition consists of a number of individual flight challenges culminating in a final mock search-and-destroy mission where payloads have to be dropped accurately on a target. With almost 90 teams competing, UoG came in at 19th – an exceptional achievement for our first attempt.

The aircraft’s technical design report submitted by the team ranked 12th, with one of the competition judges making the following statement: “Well done. This report is likely the best student paper I have read in my 10 years as a DBF judge.”