UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– A team of Penn State students took seventh location at the 19th yearly American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design/Build/Fly competitors (DBF).
A total of 100 teams signed up for the competition this past August, 84 submitted design reports in February and 65 went to the competitors fly-off, hosted by Raytheon Missile Systems April 10 to 12 at TIMPA Field in Tucson, Arizona.
DBF obstacles student teams to develop, make and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electrical powered, radio-controlled airplane which can best satisfy a specified mission profile.
This years contest theme was to develop a remote sensor delivery and drop system. The teams aircrafts tried 3 flight objectives and one ground mission.
Each group was needed to submit a written report that might be no more than 60 pages in length. Penn States entry scored 89.5 mention of 100.
Total scores were tallied from written report scores, overall objective ratings and rated aircraft costs.
Penn States entry was called, The Flugmeister.
TeamEmployee consisted of aerospace engineering undergraduates Jason Cornelius, Sahil Desai, George Farah, Nate Keegan, Len Metkowski, Evan Savage and Rachel Schellberg. Chris Saunders, a 2008 aerospace engineering graduate, was the airplanes pilot.
Mark Maughmer, teacher of aerospace engineering, worked as the professors adviser, and Nick Grasser, a 2014 aerospace engineering alumnus, was the college student advisor.
The team received an AIAA design book and acknowledgment at the competitors for their performance.
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