University of Glasgow Singapore clinches awards at Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition 2014.

Issued: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:45:00 BST

The Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC) is an annual event organised by DSO National Laboratories and Singapore Science Center, and supported by Defence Research and Technology Office (DRTech), Ministry of Defence.

The challenge is to design and build a ‘flying wonder’ - this can range from paper airplanes to sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The event is open to students of all levels from primary school students to PhD students. Now in its sixth year the event received its largest number of entrants to date with nearly 340 teams and 2000+ participants.

The SAFMC is considered to be the most prestigious competition among educational institutions that have an aerospace focus and as such the competition is very fierce and always demanding. Within the period of 6 months from mission announcement to the competition days, the students have to design, build, test and fly their models.

This is the second year that the University of Glasgow Singapore in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT-UGS) has participated in this event. This year two teams were entered, the first in Category D1 (Semi-autonomous rotary wing aircraft) and the second in catergory E (Open). We are proud that both teams won their respective awards.

The two teams were:

Team Black Aces, in category D1, consisted of Vishal Vaswani, Kalenjit Singh Tara, Loh Yew Khoon Samuel and Benson Tan.

The black aces

Team Hogmanayers, in catergory E  were Selvaraj Pichamuthu, Lim Wei Liang, Francis Xavier Erickinson and Siyuan Dai. 

Their flight demonstration video clip can be seen in this Youtube link:

The Hogmanayers

Report by Dr. Sutthiphong "Spot" Srigrarom, SIT-UGS team manager, as of 21/3/2014.