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The AIAA through the Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Design Engineering and Flight Test Technical Committees and the AIAA Foundation invites all university students to participate in the Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design/Build/Fly competition. The contest will provide a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies.
Student teams will design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.
To encourage innovation and maintain a fresh design challenge for each new
years participants, the design requirements and performance objective will be
updated for each new contest year. The changes will provide new design
requirements and opportunities, while allowing for application of technology
developed by the teams from prior years.
2012/13 Contest Season: 17th
the Rules: An inside Look at the AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly
Competition, C. Bovais, Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC; D. Levy,
Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS; G. Page, ITT Advanced Engineering
Sciences, Alexandria, VA; S. Powell, , Manchester, TN; M. Selig,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL; and T. Zickuhr,
Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS. Presented at then 6th AIAA Aviation
Technology, Integration and Operations Conference (ATIO),
AIAA-2006-7832, Sept 2006.|
This paper distributed with permission of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. (9/28/07)
|Check your e-mail! If you did not receive the Team Welcome and Q&A #1 e-mails then your team supplied e-mail address is not working! Check your e-amil addresses you supplied on your entry form and if needed send a correction ASAP. It is the team's responsibility to make sure they receive all DBF e-mail. Failure to receive updates/changes due to your e-mail system will not be accepted as a reason for failure to comply with contest rules/revisions. Check to make sure that all of the e-mail accounts you provided are set to allow e-mail from the contest officials. (11/14/07)|
Resources for DBF Teams Companies making special offers to AIAA DBF
teams are being listed here. These offers are unsolicted and are not officially
endorsed by the DBF Team Organizers, this website or the AIAA. Engineering or
model airplane related resources will be passed along, and teams can decide
whether or not to take advantage of these offers.
will sponsor your team by offering access to STAR-CCM+, including
free training. For more information, email
will sponsor your team by offering SolidWorks for use with the AIAA DBF
contest. Type in "AIAA DBF" when filling out the online form.
RCAT Systems is
offering a 30% discount on telemetry units, electronics & associated
accessories. For more information, call or email email@example.com
(valid until June 1, 2007) (11/27/06) MSC software
is providing a special offer to AIAA DBF teams for their engineering
simulation software. Visit their Academic website to obtain additional
Links: Unofficial DBF Web Pages (General and Teams) - Ordered by posting
The members of the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Design Engineering and Flight Test Technical Committees and the AIAA Foundation look forward to your participation. Please direct questions by e-mail to the DBF Contest Director at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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