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Design Build Fly:

Here’s the problem:

You need a small aerial vehicle to fly a pre-determined distance.
It has to be fast.
You’ll need to control it remotely, with a high degree of precision.

 As you work on a solution, you will:

-Learn about aircraft design, engineering and propulsion
-Learn to build and fly remote-controlled aircraft
-Gain an in-depth understanding of aerodynamics, aeronautical features and how they can be manipulated for maximum speed and efficiency
-Learn how to work with — and lead — a team of student engineers

This year’s objective for the Clarkson team was to design, build and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio-controlled joint strike fighter aircraft. The goal was a balanced design demonstrating good flight-handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing high vehicle performance.

The 2013 Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems/AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition was held in Tucson, AZ. Bad weather delayed flights in the northeast, but Clarkson students eventually reached the testing grounds, got their strike fighter in the air and placed among this year’s top teams.


Advisor: Ken Visser

More Info: Clarkson DBF Website