AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition

Ages:Undergraduate

Type:Performance

Category:STEM

Scope:National

Registration Opens
Oct 15, 2021 8:00am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Oct 31, 2021 5:00pm
America/New_York

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In 2021, the AIAA Design, Build, Fly competition celebrated its 25th year. Started in 1996 by the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design and Flight Test Technical Committees as an opportunity for university students to apply real-world aircraft design experience 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 year’s 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.

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). Mission 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 and Total Mission Score. 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 Missile Systems and may be published or reproduced at their discretion.

Total Score

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

SCORE = Written Report Score * Total Mission Score

The Total Mission Score will be computed from the individual Flight Mission and Ground Mission Scores using the following formula:

Total Mission Score = M1 + M2 + M3 + GM

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.aiaa.org/dbf

Managing Organization: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Contact:

director@aiaadbf.org

Entry Fee: $

Eligibility:
Any university student may submit.

Registration Opens
Oct 15, 2021 8:00am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Oct 31, 2021 5:00pm
America/New_York

Overview

In 2021, the AIAA Design, Build, Fly competition celebrated its 25th year. Started in 1996 by the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design and Flight Test Technical Committees as an opportunity for university students to apply real-world aircraft design experience 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 year’s 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.

Process

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). Mission scores will be based on the demonstrated mission performance obtained during the contest. Each team must also submit a written Design Report.

Criteria

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 and Total Mission Score. 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 Missile Systems and may be published or reproduced at their discretion.

Total Score

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

SCORE = Written Report Score * Total Mission Score

The Total Mission Score will be computed from the individual Flight Mission and Ground Mission Scores using the following formula:

Total Mission Score = M1 + M2 + M3 + GM

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.aiaa.org/dbf

Managing Organization: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Contact:

director@aiaadbf.org

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
Any university student may submit.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Oct 15, 2021 8:00am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Oct 31, 2021 5:00pm
America/New_York