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Students of Warsaw University of Technology triumph in SAE Aero Design WEST

Regular class aircraft. Source: Warsaw University of Technology Regular class aircraft. Source: Warsaw University of Technology

Aircrafts built by Warsaw University of Technology students won in the overall standings in each of the three competition categories of SAE Aero Design West held on 22 - 24 April in California (USA).

SAE Aero Design, organised since 1986, is a competition of students of technical universities around the world. The competition takes place in the US in two editions – East and West. The task of young engineers is to design and build a remote-controlled model of heavy-lift aircraft. The team wins, whose aircraft is able to lift the heaviest payload at lowest possible weight of their model. Aircrafts compete in three classes: Micro, Regular and Advanced. Aircraft models were evaluated by representatives of the US space agency NASA and specialists from aviation companies such as Boeing or Lockheed Martin.

The winner in the overall standings of Micro class was the aircraft Skylark from Warsaw University of Technology. Second and third places were taken by teams from the USA and Turkey. Additionally, the team from Warsaw University of Technology won one silver and one gold medal in the individual competitions in Micro class. Silver also went to AKL Aero Design team from Poznań University of Technology.

In Advanced class, Polish teams also dominated in the overall standings. Team Baccarat Warsaw University of Technology won gold, and bronze medal went to AERO TEAM ILK from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. On the podium between Polish teams was a team from the US. The team from Warsaw University of Technology also won gold and bronze medal in Advanced class, and the AERO TEAM ILK AGH two silver medals.

The team from Warsaw University of Technology - Dragonfly - also won in the overall standings of Regular class. In additional categories, Warsaw University of Technology students won another gold and a bronze medal.

SAE Aero Design West is organized by the Society of Automotive Engineering. This year\'s competition attracted more than 70 teams from around the world, including teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and Turkey. Among the Polish teams in the competition was also the team from Rzeszów University of Technology.

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