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US University Aeronautics Design Challenge 2016-2017
The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate sponsors a college level Aeronautics Design Challenge for US institutions only during the academic year 2016-2017. Upper level undergraduates and graduate students from accredited US universities may compete in either area.
Papers will be due no later than June 1, 2017. An email notice of intent is required* by March 20, 2017. Note: This challenge is not open to non-US institutions. We can only accept entries or notices of intent from US institutions.
*This was originally requested Feb 1, 2017. Teams can still enter, but a notice of intent is now required to help us collect the number of NASA reviewers needed to evaluate the entries. Teams that decide to enter later than mid semester will likely not produce competitive entries given that many teams declared intent early in the semester. Therefore, notices of intent should be submitted no later than March 20.
A symposium for participating students, winners, and their faculty will be held in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center and others in the September or October time frame of 2017.
Two technical challenge areas are available for this academic year. Students may choose one of the two.
Technical Area 1: Supersonic Challenge 2016
Technical Area 2: Low Noise Subsonic Challenge 2016
2015-2016 Challenge Winners News:
Three teams from the DEP challenge have been recognized as the top three papers from 17 different team entries. The announcement has been posted on the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate pages:
The web story is here:
The winning designs are posted here:
Below is a copy of the 2015-2016 Challenge
Send questions to Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov
2015 Electric Four Seat Aircraft Challenge Winners
First Place, Graduate Level
Tom Neuman, Georgia Tech
First Place, Undergraduate Level
University of California, Davis Team led by Ethan Kellogg
Second Place, Undergraduate Level
University of California, Davis Team led by Louis Edelman
Third Place, Undergraduate Level
Virginia Tech Team led by Drew Sullivan
University of California, Davis Team led by Andres Zuniga
2014 HALE UAS for Hurricane Tracking Mission Challenge Winners
The Gobble Hawk, Virginia Tech, First Place Team
The QQ541-1 Trident, Purdue University, Second Place Team
The Big WAHOO, University of Virginia, Third Place Team
For images and more details on the 2014 winners:
2013 UAS Firefighting Challenge Winners
Purdue University, First Place
NASA UAS Summer Internship Recipients