Related NASA Sites

NASA Research Centers

student_image_banner2click map

High School contest University contest MARTI Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative Langley aeronautics forum Education resources

UNIVERSITY CONTEST

+ Dates, Eligibility, and Resources+ Submission Requirements+ Evaluation Criteria |
+ Contest Q&A
+ Awards+ Past Awardees

New University Aeronautics  Design Challenge 2016-2017

The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will sponsor a college level Aeronautics Design Challenge for 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.

*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 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:

http://www.nasa.gov/aero/students-get-charged-up-designing-future-electric-aircraft

The winning designs are posted here:

https://www.nasa.gov/aeroresearch/resources/design-competitions/2016


Below is a copy of the 2015-2016 Challenge

Design a Distributed Electric Propulsion Commuter Aircraft 
Download a pdf copy here:   DEP Design Challenge 2015  and ERA goals chart

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

Honorable Mention

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:

http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/design_comp.htm

 2013 UAS Firefighting Challenge Winners

Purdue University, First Place

Honorable Mention

  • Boston University
  • California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona Campus
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Wisconsin

NASA UAS Summer Internship Recipients

  • Kyle Smalling, California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona Campus
  • Brock Harden and Coryn Mickelson, University of Kansas
  • Jennifer Hull and Matthew Mannebach, University of Wisconsin