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Old 01-19-2008, 11:40 AM #1
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RC design competitions

Anybody else participate in any design competitions? Here is my background.

In college I am on my schools AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition team, and I am our pilot for this year. 2 years ago (my first year) we placed 17th at the competition with this huge airplane: http://www.terrabreak.org/hangar/purdue/2006_1.shtml . It was one of the largest, but also one of the lightest, aircraft at the competition. Unloaded, the takeoff roll was nonexistent. Swinging a 20 inch carbon fiber prop with a Neu 1509/1.5Y motor I picked out (I was in charge of the power system). I'm the guy in the hat in the pics.

Last year we took 3rd (out of a field of 50) with this little BWB design: http://www.terrabreak.org/hangar/purdue/2007.shtml
A 22.75" span with a 10+ pound AUW results in a very unforgiving aircraft: Power off, the glide ratio is about 1/1.

FLight test videos (lots of crashing) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp4W_dfaVPk

Competition videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuG6ZZHGZOQ
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:03 PM #2
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Did you/ Do you go to Purdue. My sister goes there.
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:38 PM #3
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I'm a junior. Whats her name? Big school, so I doubt I know her.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:19 PM #4
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you wouldn't know her then, she's a sophmore
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:31 PM #5
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Last year we took 3rd (out of a field of 50) with this little BWB design: http://www.terrabreak.org/hangar/purdue/2007.shtml
A 22.75" span with a 10+ pound AUW results in a very unforgiving aircraft: Power off, the glide ratio is about 1/1.
that thing is awesome...
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:33 AM #6
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Hey man, I am/was on the UCLA DBF team last year and was there at Tucson. You guys did a good job. Unfortunately I'm not working on it this year. Instead I'm working on an autonomous UAV project with target acquisition and another project for a hydrogen fuel-cell go kart. But nonetheless DBF is an awesome competition for anyone interested in airplanes/aerospace, even those who aren't engineers.
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