2016/17 Contest Year
CONTEST FLYOFF:
20 – 23 APRIL 2017

Scoring

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In the event that, due to time or facility limitations, it is not possible to allow all teams to have the maximum number of flight attempts, the contest committee reserves the right to ration and/or schedule flights. The exact determination of how to ration flights will be made on the contest day based on the number of entries, weather, and field conditions.  In the event of a tie, Report Score will take precedence over Flight Score as a tie-breaker.

Judging

Students must design, document, fabricate, and demonstrate the aircraft they determine to be capable of achieving the highest score on the specified mission profile(s). Flight scores will be based on the demonstrated mission performance obtained during the contest.

Each team must also submit a written Design Report. A maximum of 100 points will be awarded for the team design report.  The overall team score is a combination of the Design Report score, Flight Score, and Rated Aircraft Cost (RAC). The team with the highest overall team score will be declared the winner.  Scores will be FINAL 7 working days after the completion of the contest.  This period will allow for review of the scores in a timely fashion following the contest.

All submitted reports are the property of AIAA, Textron Aviation and Raytheon and may be published or reproduced at their discretion. 

Total Score

Each team's overall score will be computed from their Written Report Score, Total Mission Score and Rated Aircraft Cost using the formula:

SCORE = Written Report Score * Total Mission Score / RAC

The Total Mission Score is the sum of the individual Mission Scores:

Total Mission Score = M1 + M2 + M3

The RAC is a function of aircraft empty weight, launch tube weight, launch tube length and launch tube circumference:

RAC = (EWmax + TW) * (L + C)

EWmax = Maximum aircraft empty weight recorded after each successful mission; aircraft empty weight does not include the payload but does include any payload supports or restraints and batteries

TW = Tube weight recorded after a successful Ground Missions and includes end cap(s) and all internal UAV supports

L = Tube length

C = Tube circumference


Units of Measure

The units of measure for scoring will be based on the US English system.  All times or physical measurements will be rounded to the number of decimal places shown in Table 1.  Conventional rounding will be implemented ( <0.5 --> round down, >= 0.5 --> round up).

Table 1: Units of Measure and Significant Digits
  Item   Unit of Measure Significant Digits
  Time   seconds (s)  2 (e.g. X.XX)
  Length   inches(in)  2 (e.g. X.XX)
  Weight
  pounds (lbs)  2 (e.g. X.XX)



Reports

Proposal

Each team will submit a proposal as outlined below that will be judged.

Note:  Proposals must strictly adhere to the following requirements.  Failure to meet requirements will result in penalties that range from score reduction to elimination from the contest.

  • Proposals must have the University name on the cover page


Proposals missing this identification information will not be accepted

  • Absolute maximum page count for the proposal is 5 pages, the PDF reader "pages" value will be used as the official page count


Proposals exceeding the maximum page count will not be accepted

  • Proposal PDF must be formatted as 8.5 x 11" pages


Proposals will be scored on a 100 point basis following the guidelines outlined below.

All information used for scoring must be in the outlined sections. Content that is out of sequence will be treated as missing and scored accordingly.

All proposals must be one and one half line spacing, 10-pt Arial font. Tables and figures should be clear and readable for the judges.  The proposals will be judged on format and readability.

ALL items requested below should be present, easy to locate and identify, well documented and in the correct section for full scoring.

Proposal Scoring Rubric
All section scores include format, completeness and readability

Executive Summary (10 points)

  • Objective Statement
  • Planned approach to achieve all objectives
  • Format, completeness, readability


Management Summary (40 points)

  • Describe the organization, the roles of each team and individual skill sets required
  • Organization chart (by team/function, individual names are not required for the proposal)
  • Schedule / Major Milestone chart
  • Budget (not only for expected materials and manufacturing of the airplane, but for travel to the competition site and any other expenses associated with the competition)
  • Format, completeness, readability


Conceptual Design Approach (20 points)

  • Describe the mission requirements (problem statement)
  • Preliminary design / sizing results; concept sketch, if available (does not have to be representative of the  final design)
  • Sensitivity Study of Design Parameters
  • Format, completeness, readability


Manufacturing Plan (15 points)

  • Preliminary manufacturing flow
  • Describe critical processes or technologies required
  • Format, completeness, readability


Test Planning (15 points)

  • Component and ground test plan
  • Flight test plan
  • Format, completeness, readability


Submission of Proposal

Each team must provide an electronic copy their proposal as outlined below to the online Submission site.

  • Electronic proposal must be named: “2017DBF_[university]_PROPOSAL.pdf"
  • Electronic proposal must be a single file with all figures/drawings included in the proper sequence in PDF format. (Free PDF file conversion programs are available on the Internet, such as www.pdf995.com.)
  • Electronic proposals should have all figures compressed to print resolution to minimize file size.
  • Electronic proposals must be less than 20 MB in size


Proposals not following the name format or exceeding the file size will be rejected.

Design report

Each team will submit a design report as outlined below that will be judged.

Note:  Reports must strictly adhere to the following requirements.  Failure to meet requirements will result in penalties that range from score reduction to elimination from the contest.

  • Reports must have the University name on the cover page.


Reports missing this identification information will not be scored

  • Absolute maximum page count for the report is 60 pages, the PDF reader "pages" value will be used as the official page count.


Reports exceeding the maximum page count will be given a 10 point penalty for each additional page

  • Report PDF must be formatted as 8.5 x 11" pages.
    • May use 11x17" pages for the drawing package
  • A separate stand-alone three view drawing must be submitted along with the report file.  See description below in the electronic submission section.


Reports will be scored on a 100 point basis following the guidelines outlined below.

All information used for scoring must be in the outlined sections. Content that is out of sequence, including the drawing package, will be treated as missing and scored accordingly.

All reports must be one and one half line spacing, 10-pt Arial font. Tables and figures should be clear and readable for the judges.  The reports will be judged on format and readability.

ALL items requested below should be present, easy to locate and identify, well documented and in the correct section for full scoring.

Examples of winning team design reports from prior contest years are posted on the contest website.  Note that the formatting and content has changed from one year to the next.  Prior year reports may not reflect or meet the rules listed for the current year. 

Design Report Scoring Rubric

All section scores include format, completeness and readability

Executive Summary (10 Points)

  • Maximum of 2 pages.  If exceeded, score as 0 points
  • Summary description of selected design and why it best meets the mission
  • Describe key mission requirements and associated design features
  • Document the performance/capabilities of your system solution
  • Format, completeness, readability


Management Summary (5 Points)

  • Describe the organization of the design team
  • Chart of design personnel and assignments areas
  • Milestone chart showing planned and actual timing of major elements
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Conceptual Design (15 Points)

  • Describes mission requirements (problem statement)
  • Translate mission requirements into design requirements
  • Review solution concepts/configurations considered
  • Describe concept weighting and selection process and results
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Preliminary Design (15 Points)

  • Describe design/analysis methodology
  • Document design/sizing trades
  • Describe/document mission model (capabilities and uncertainties)
  • Provide estimates of the aircraft lift, drag and stability characteristics
  • Provide estimates of the aircraft mission performance
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Detail Design (15 Points + 15 Points for Drawing Package)

  • Document dimensional parameters of final design
  • Document structural characteristics/capabilities of final design
  • Document systems and sub-systems selection/integration/architecture
  • Document Weight and Balance for final design
  • Must include Weight & Balance table empty and with each possible payload
  • Document flight performance parameters for final design
  • Document Rated Aircraft Cost
  • Document mission performance for final design
  • Format, Completeness, Readability
  • Drawing package:
    • 3-View drawing with dimensions
    • Structural arrangement drawing
    • Systems layout/location drawing
    • Payload(s) accommodation drawing(s)


Manufacturing Plan (5 Points)

  • Document the process selected for major component manufacture
  • Manufacturing processes investigated and selection process and results
  • Manufacturing milestones chart: plan and actual
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Testing Plan (5 points)

  • Test Objectives and schedule
  • Test and flight check lists
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Performance Results (10 Points)

  • Describe the demonstrated performance of key subsystems
  • Compare to predictions and explain any differences and improvements made
  • Describe the demonstrated performance of your complete aircraft solution
  • Compare to predictions and explain any differences and improvements made
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Bibliography (5 Points)

  • List of all published works referenced in the text must be present in this section.
  • Any material taken from a published source in all previous sections must have a numerical subscript corresponding to the appropriate citation in this section.
  • References should appear in numerical order.
  • Format should match AIAA provided guidelines: http://arc.aiaa.org/page/styleandformat?_ga=1.19023614.756532879.1456162686


Submission of Design Report

Each team must provide an electronic copy their design report as outlined below to the online Submission site.

  • Electronic report files must be named: “2017DBF_[university]_DESIGN_REPORT.pdf
  • Electronic report must be a single file with all figures/drawings included in the proper report sequence in PDF format - Free PDF file conversion programs are available on the Internet, such as www.pdf995.com
  • Electronic reports should have all figures compressed to print resolution to minimize file size
  • Electronic reports must be less than 20 MB in size


Stand Alone 3-view requirements
:

  • A separate file with a one page 3-view drawing formatted to fit 8.5" x 11" paper must be submitted with the report for confirmation of the basic configuration.  Note that this page does not count toward the report total
  • The 3-view file shall be named as per above:  “2017DBF_[university]_THREE_VIEW.pdf
  • The university and team names shall be clearly shown on the drawing
  • The 3-view file is limited to 2 MB in size


Reports and three-views not following the name format or exceeding the file size will be rejected.

round down, >= 0.5 --> round up).

Table 1: Units of Measure and Significant Digits
  Item   Unit of Measure Significant Digits
  Time   seconds (s)  2 (e.g. X.XX)
  Length   inches(in)  2 (e.g. X.XX)
  Weight
  pounds (lbs)  2 (e.g. X.XX)



Reports

Proposal

Each team will submit a proposal as outlined below that will be judged.

Note:  Proposals must strictly adhere to the following requirements.  Failure to meet requirements will result in penalties that range from score reduction to elimination from the contest.

  • Proposals must have the University name on the cover page


Proposals missing this identification information will not be accepted

  • Absolute maximum page count for the proposal is 5 pages, the PDF reader "pages" value will be used as the official page count


Proposals exceeding the maximum page count will not be accepted

  • Proposal PDF must be formatted as 8.5 x 11" pages


Proposals will be scored on a 100 point basis following the guidelines outlined below.

All information used for scoring must be in the outlined sections. Content that is out of sequence will be treated as missing and scored accordingly.

All proposals must be one and one half line spacing, 10-pt Arial font. Tables and figures should be clear and readable for the judges.  The proposals will be judged on format and readability.

ALL items requested below should be present, easy to locate and identify, well documented and in the correct section for full scoring.

Proposal Scoring Rubric
All section scores include format, completeness and readability

Executive Summary (10 points)

  • Objective Statement
  • Planned approach to achieve all objectives
  • Format, completeness, readability


Management Summary (40 points)

  • Describe the organization, the roles of each team and individual skill sets required
  • Organization chart (by team/function, individual names are not required for the proposal)
  • Schedule / Major Milestone chart
  • Budget (not only for expected materials and manufacturing of the airplane, but for travel to the competition site and any other expenses associated with the competition)
  • Format, completeness, readability


Conceptual Design Approach (20 points)

  • Describe the mission requirements (problem statement)
  • Preliminary design / sizing results; concept sketch, if available (does not have to be representative of the  final design)
  • Sensitivity Study of Design Parameters
  • Format, completeness, readability


Manufacturing Plan (15 points)

  • Preliminary manufacturing flow
  • Describe critical processes or technologies required
  • Format, completeness, readability


Test Planning (15 points)

  • Component and ground test plan
  • Flight test plan
  • Format, completeness, readability


Submission of Proposal

Each team must provide an electronic copy their proposal as outlined below to the online Submission site.

  • Electronic proposal must be named: “2017DBF_[university]_PROPOSAL.pdf"
  • Electronic proposal must be a single file with all figures/drawings included in the proper sequence in PDF format. (Free PDF file conversion programs are available on the Internet, such as www.pdf995.com.)
  • Electronic proposals should have all figures compressed to print resolution to minimize file size.
  • Electronic proposals must be less than 20 MB in size


Proposals not following the name format or exceeding the file size will be rejected.

Design report

Each team will submit a design report as outlined below that will be judged.

Note:  Reports must strictly adhere to the following requirements.  Failure to meet requirements will result in penalties that range from score reduction to elimination from the contest.

  • Reports must have the University name on the cover page.


Reports missing this identification information will not be scored

  • Absolute maximum page count for the report is 60 pages, the PDF reader "pages" value will be used as the official page count.


Reports exceeding the maximum page count will be given a 10 point penalty for each additional page

  • Report PDF must be formatted as 8.5 x 11" pages.
    • May use 11x17" pages for the drawing package
  • A separate stand-alone three view drawing must be submitted along with the report file.  See description below in the electronic submission section.


Reports will be scored on a 100 point basis following the guidelines outlined below.

All information used for scoring must be in the outlined sections. Content that is out of sequence, including the drawing package, will be treated as missing and scored accordingly.

All reports must be one and one half line spacing, 10-pt Arial font. Tables and figures should be clear and readable for the judges.  The reports will be judged on format and readability.

ALL items requested below should be present, easy to locate and identify, well documented and in the correct section for full scoring.

Examples of winning team design reports from prior contest years are posted on the contest website.  Note that the formatting and content has changed from one year to the next.  Prior year reports may not reflect or meet the rules listed for the current year. 

Design Report Scoring Rubric

All section scores include format, completeness and readability

Executive Summary (10 Points)

  • Maximum of 2 pages.  If exceeded, score as 0 points
  • Summary description of selected design and why it best meets the mission
  • Describe key mission requirements and associated design features
  • Document the performance/capabilities of your system solution
  • Format, completeness, readability


Management Summary (5 Points)

  • Describe the organization of the design team
  • Chart of design personnel and assignments areas
  • Milestone chart showing planned and actual timing of major elements
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Conceptual Design (15 Points)

  • Describes mission requirements (problem statement)
  • Translate mission requirements into design requirements
  • Review solution concepts/configurations considered
  • Describe concept weighting and selection process and results
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Preliminary Design (15 Points)

  • Describe design/analysis methodology
  • Document design/sizing trades
  • Describe/document mission model (capabilities and uncertainties)
  • Provide estimates of the aircraft lift, drag and stability characteristics
  • Provide estimates of the aircraft mission performance
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Detail Design (15 Points + 15 Points for Drawing Package)

  • Document dimensional parameters of final design
  • Document structural characteristics/capabilities of final design
  • Document systems and sub-systems selection/integration/architecture
  • Document Weight and Balance for final design
  • Must include Weight & Balance table empty and with each possible payload
  • Document flight performance parameters for final design
  • Document Rated Aircraft Cost
  • Document mission performance for final design
  • Format, Completeness, Readability
  • Drawing package:
    • 3-View drawing with dimensions
    • Structural arrangement drawing
    • Systems layout/location drawing
    • Payload(s) accommodation drawing(s)


Manufacturing Plan (5 Points)

  • Document the process selected for major component manufacture
  • Manufacturing processes investigated and selection process and results
  • Manufacturing milestones chart: plan and actual
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Testing Plan (5 points)

  • Test Objectives and schedule
  • Test and flight check lists
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Performance Results (10 Points)

  • Describe the demonstrated performance of key subsystems
  • Compare to predictions and explain any differences and improvements made
  • Describe the demonstrated performance of your complete aircraft solution
  • Compare to predictions and explain any differences and improvements made
  • Format, Completeness, Readability


Bibliography (5 Points)

  • List of all published works referenced in the text must be present in this section.
  • Any material taken from a published source in all previous sections must have a numerical subscript corresponding to the appropriate citation in this section.
  • References should appear in numerical order.
  • Format should match AIAA provided guidelines: http://arc.aiaa.org/page/styleandformat?_ga=1.19023614.756532879.1456162686


Submission of Design Report

Each team must provide an electronic copy their design report as outlined below to the online Submission site.

  • Electronic report files must be named: “2017DBF_[university]_DESIGN_REPORT.pdf
  • Electronic report must be a single file with all figures/drawings included in the proper report sequence in PDF format - Free PDF file conversion programs are available on the Internet, such as www.pdf995.com
  • Electronic reports should have all figures compressed to print resolution to minimize file size
  • Electronic reports must be less than 20 MB in size


Stand Alone 3-view requirements
:

  • A separate file with a one page 3-view drawing formatted to fit 8.5" x 11" paper must be submitted with the report for confirmation of the basic configuration.  Note that this page does not count toward the report total
  • The 3-view file shall be named as per above:  “2017DBF_[university]_THREE_VIEW.pdf
  • The university and team names shall be clearly shown on the drawing
  • The 3-view file is limited to 2 MB in size


Reports and three-views not following the name format or exceeding the file size will be rejected.

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