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SAE Aerodesign Competition

The Rutgers AIAA is now an annual competitor in the Aero Design Competition hosted by SAE International. In this competition, teams from universities around the globe design and fabricate remote controlled aircraft to fit a variety of mission profiles. Ranging from 2-10 foot wingspans, these aircraft are engineered from the ground up to perform to the limits of their designs. Between design experience, program management, interpersonal communication skills, and much more, students involved in this competition get a real feel for the engineering experience and exposure to a real-life work environment.

AUVSI Competition

This competition revolves around a mission that each team's UAV needs to complete. The mission involves autonomous flight, capturing pictures of targets and target identification. Typically, the UAV takes almost all of both semesters to work on, and the work is broken down into different sub sections. This competition combines many different disciplines across each sub section: an airframe design section, an imaging system section, an autopilot section, and a testing section. Each of these sections need to work together in order to successfully complete the mission set forth by the competition rules.

Flying Model Planes!

A lot can be learned about plane design just by seeing and experiencing how a plane flies, which is why as a club we have several trainer planes and we teach members how to fly the model planes. Once a student can fly one of the trainer planes, we have several different types of models to demonstrate the difference in flight behavior depending on the design of the plane.

Building A Kit Plane

In classes a lot of theory is learned about plane design and how planes work, among other things, but not much hands on experience is given. That is where we come in, we focus on the hands on experience to show how planes are designed and built. The kit plane is built almost completely from scratch, which allows for members to really get to see how planes are put together and why parts of the plane are built the way they are built. Once the plane is built, it is taken out to fly to understand its flight behavior and to demonstrate how the type of design affects the flight behavior. Time permitting, the plane will then be modified to fulfill a specific purpose.