Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Advanced Aero Vehicle Group earned fourth place in the advanced class at the annual Aero Design West Competition, held Friday, March 28, through Sunday, March 30, at the Fort Worth Thunderbirds Flying Field in Fort Worth, Texas.
Following a technical design presentation and aircraft inspection, the team was in eighth place prior to the flying portion of the competition. The team then flew its plane once on Saturday, March 29, and again on Sunday, March 30.
The team’s flight objective was to use its 8.3-pound plane to carry a sandbag, designed to simulate a humanitarian aid package with food and medical supplies, and drop it on a fixed target on the ground. Scoring for this event was based on the sandbag’s proximity to the target.
During flight, electronics on the S&T plane transmitted real-time altitude and first-person-view video. Students used this data to direct the pilot as he lined up to drop the sandbag, which was automatically calculated through onboard GPS.
The following student participated at the event:
Justin Nichols, a senior in aerospace engineering is from Hawk Point, Mo.