11.03.2013 change 11.03.2013

Aircrafts from Wrocław University of Technology to compete in SAE Aero Design

Two aircraft models designed by a team of Wrocław University of Technology students will take part in the prestigious aircraft designers competition SAE Aero Design in the U.S. in March. Wrocław students will compete for the fifth time.

The main task of models competing in the SAE Aero Design is lifting the heaviest possible load in relation to the model mass. In addition, the jury assesses the reliability of the models, measured by the number of successful take-offs. Also rated is technology used in the construction of aircrafts.

Students from Wrocław University of Technology JetStream Team entered two models to the competitions: smaller in Micro class and larger in Regular class.

The larger model has a wingspan of 3 meters and weighs about 4 kg. The aircraft is powered by an internal combustion engine with a capacity of 2 HP.

"We assume that it will lift a load of 14.2 kg. Last year, the winning model lifted the load of about 13 kg. So we hope to win"- told PAP Jakub Wiater, JetStream project coordinator.

The model entered in Micro category has a wingspan of 1.2 meters and weighs about 400 grams. The designers estimate that it will lift 2.2 kg.

To date, the biggest success of the team from Wrocław University of Technology in SAE Aero Design competition was fourth place in 2010,

The SAE Aero Design competition is organized jointly by American defence company Lockheed Martin and the U.S. space agency NASA. This prestigious competitions, in which students from around the world participate, is organized since 1986. The task of young engineers is to design, build and fly a remote-controlled model transport airplane. The team that manages to lift the greatest load in the air, with a minimum weight of the model, wins.

This year\'s competition will be held March 15 in the state of Texas in the U.S.

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