Student Design Competition

32nd Annual Student Design Competition

"Distributed Logistics in an Urban Setting Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"

Sponsored by The Boeing Company

NEW! Download the 2014-2015 Request for Proposals - Released Aug 25!

 


 

31st Annual Student Design Competition

Sponsored by AgustaWestland

31st Annual Student Design Competition RFP 2013-2014 Updated

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Georgia Institute of Technology and St. Louis University Take Top Honors in the 31st Annual AHS International Student Design Competition. AHS Press Release, August 11, 2014

See below to view the Executive Summary of the winning entries.

Georgia Tech XV-58 Manta First Place Graduate St. Louis University Heli-Fast 1st Place Undergraduate


30th Annual Student Design Competition

Sponsored by Eurocopter

2013 Request for Proposal for "The HealCopter"
The University of Maryland and Pennsylvania State University Take Top Honors in the 30th Annual AHS International Student Design Competition, AHS Press Release, August 20, 2013
More information and graphics of the winners, plus the winning design proposals below!

1st Place Graduate Winner - UMD HeliX   1st Place Undergrad Winner - Penn State Griffin

29th Annual Student Design Competition

Sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

2012 Request for Proposal (RFP) For "Rotary Winged Pylon Racer"
The University of Maryland and Georgia Institute of Technology/University of Liverpool Take Top Honors in the 29th Annual AHS/Industry Student Design Competition, AHS Press Release, August 7, 2012
Check out the winning design proposals below!

1st Place Grad Winner - UMD    1st Place Undergrad Winner - Ga Tech Badger 2012

Rotating Sponsors

2011 - Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
2012 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
2013 - Eurocopter (now Airbus)
2014 - AgustaWestland
2015 - The Boeing Company
2016
- The U.S. Army


Past Winners 

2014 Sponsor - AgustaWestland

Project - The 2014 Student Design Competition challenged students to design an experimental Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft – an X-VTOL – which is intended to establish key performance attributes to enable transformational mission capabilities on an objective aircraft. These include efficient sustained hover, long-range cruise, high useful loads and sustained flight at high speeds.

Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology placed first in the graduate category with their "XV-58 Manta" entry (Executive Summary Ga Tech XV-58 Manta 1st Place 2014 Grad PDF). Politecnico di Milano placed second with their Team Caurus "NIBBIO" entry (Execitove Summary Politecnico di Milano Team Caurua-NIBBIO 2nd Place 2014 Grad PDF).  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute captured 3rd place with their "The Emperor UAV" (Executive Summary Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The Emperor UAV 3rd Place 2014 Grad PDF). Taking first place in the undergraduate category is St. Louis University with "Heli-Fast" St. Louis Heli-Fast 1st Place 2014 Undergraduate PDF). The second place undergraduate winner is Georgia Institute of Technology's "The Hammerhead" (Executive Summary Ga Tech The Hammerhead 2nd Place 2014 Undergrad PDF). Georgia Institue of Technology's "Project Raven" captured third place (Executive Summary Ga Tech Project Raven 3rd Place 2014 Undergrad PDF).  Politecnico di Milano also received the best new entry in the graduate category and University of St. Louis is the best new entry in the undergraduate category.

2013 Sponsor - Eurocopter

Project - To design a helicopter aimed at rescuing victims of a natural disaster with the capability to reach the scene rapidly with a large payload that is mission-equipped to operate safely.
Winners - The University of Maryland placed first in the graduate category with their "Heli-X" entry (PDF 9MB Heli-X Summary).  Georgia Institute of Technology placed second in the graduate category with "STERNA" (PDF 2.5MB STERNA Summary). The Pennsylvania State University captured first place in the undergraduate category with "GRIFFIN" (PDF 2.2MB GRIFFIN Summary). The second place undergraduate winner is the Texas A&M University "The HealCopter" entry (PDF 2.6MB HealCopter Summary). In addition, the Committee awarded an honorable mention for best new entry by an individual student in the graduate category to Kiran Ganesh for his "KURARA" entry (PDF 1MB KURARA Report).
 
2012 Sponsor – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
Project - To design a purpose built helicopter to race on a prescribed pylon course. Graduate students were also required to submit a simulation package with a video.
Winners - The University of Maryland placed first in the graduate category with their entry Dart T690/E550 (PDF 3MB ExecSum or 20MB full report); a video of the flight simulation of the UMD Dart can be found on the AHS YouTube Channel. Georgia Institute of Technology/University of Liverpool captured second place with their Advanced Racing Concept (ARC) (PDF 15MB); a video of the flight simulation of the ARC can also be found on the AHS YouTube Channel. First place undergraduate went to Georgia Institute of Technology/Middle East Technical University with BADGER (PDF 4.5MB). The Pennsylvania State University came in second with Altair (PDF 2MB). Their video can be viewed on the AHS YouTube Channel.
 
2011 Sponsor –  Bell Helicopter Textron
Project - To design a multi-mission vertical lift system that optimally blends the competing requirements of three very different missions – Search and Rescue, Insertion and Resupply. The aircraft must be reconfigurable.
Winners - The University of Maryland's Excalibur (PDF 7MB) came in first-place in the graduate category, with Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Liverpool's Odyssey (PDF 6MB) capturing second-place. In the undergraduate category, Georgia Institute of Technology's Golden Retriever (PDF 3MB) won first place and The Pennsylvania State University's Phoenix (PDF 3MB) came in second. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur captured the prize for best new entry with RC2 (PDF 16MB).

2010 Sponsor – The Boeing Company
Project - To design a technology demonstrator multi-lift system such that two rotorcraft could be cooperatively operated and lift 75% more payload than either aircraft. Graduate students were also challenged to design and conduct a flight test program for their system.
Winners - The University of Maryland's Goliath (PDF 12MB) came in first-place in the graduate category, with Georgia Institute of Technology's Thor (PDF 7MB) capturing second-place. In the undergraduate category, The Pennsylvania State University's SPARCL (PDF 3MB) won first place and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with GunSmash and the Atlas (PDF 1MB) came in second. M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (India) captured the prize for best new entry with Silver (PDF 2MB).
2009 Sponsor –  AgustaWestland
Project - To design a new, non-conventional rotor drive system for a helicopter.
Winners - The Georgia Institute of Technology and Liverpool University ("Peregrine" Alternate Drive Rotor System - PDF 5MB) came in first place in the graduate category, with the University of Maryland (Griffin Veritas - PDF 15MB) capturing second place. In the undergraduate category, the Georgia Institute of Technology Blue Team (GyrBlitz - PDF, 32MB) won first place and the Pennsylvania State University (Pegasus - PDF 3MB) came in second. Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( Non-Conventional Rotor Drive - PDF 1MB) captured the prize for best new entry.
2008 Sponsor –  Eurocopter
Project - To design an advanced VTOL "SMART-COPTER" concept capable of operating from an unprepared area and which minimizes energy consumption throughout the operational envelope.
Winners - The team of University of Maryland and Korea's Konkuk University (Volterra - The Era of Green PDF 32MB) came in first place while the Georgia Institute of Technology (PDF 8MB) captured second place honors. First place in the undergraduate category was bestowed upon the Pennsylvania State University (PDF 6MB) with second place going to Georgia Institute of Technology. The "Best New Entrant" was Turkey's Middle East Technical University.
2007 Sponsor –  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Project - To develop an Advanced Deployable Compact Rotorcraft in Support of Special Operations Forces.
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology Cyphir, Dragonfly and Barracuda (PDF 40MB) came in first place while the University of Maryland (PDF 17MB) captured second place honors. First place in the undergraduate category was bestowed upon the team of Pennsylvania State University and Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology (PDF 3MB) with second place going to Georgia Institute of Technology.  The  "Best New Entrant" was Pennsylvania State University and Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology.
2006 Sponsor – Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. 
Project - To develop a two-place single turbine engine training helicopter that was affordable.
Winners - Georgia Institute of  Technology (PDF 3.0MB) came in first place in the graduate category while the University of Maryland captured second place honors. First place in the undergraduate category was bestowed upon the team of Pennsylvania State University and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology , with second place going to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Team. The "Best New Entrant" was Istanbul Technical University.
2005 Sponsor – The Boeing Co. 
Project - To develop the conceptual design of a modern military Heavy Lift VTOL aircraft. The aircraft had to be designed to operate from existing naval ships and be able to transport a 20-ton FCS combat-ready vehicle. 
Winners - University of Maryland (PDF 6.5MB) came in first place in the graduate category and Georgia Institute of  Technology (PDF 2.3MB) captured second place honors. The University of Alabama Huntsville won as the "Best New Entrant" category. In the undergraduate category, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PDF 6.9MB) won first-place and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (PDF 2.0MB) came in second.
2004 Sponsor - AgustaWestland 
Project - To develop a helicopter specifically designed for high altitude rescue operations. The aircraft had to be certified for single pilot, day/night operations with cruise speeds of at least 145 knots. 
Winners - University of Maryland came in first place in the graduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. The US Air Force Institute of Technology won third place as well as the "New Entrant" category. In the undergraduate category, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University [PDF 6MB] won first-place.
2003 Sponsors - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and NASA
Project - To design a VTOL urban disaster response vehicle for high rise firefighter deployment, rooftop occupant extraction, disaster command and control and other emergency response missions.
Winners - University of Maryland came in first place in the graduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. In the undergraduate category, The Pennsylvania State University won first-place with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coming in a close second and Iowa State University placing third.
2002 - Sponsor - Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Project - To upgrade and remanufacture a 4-6 place turbine helicopter for commercial applications, that can operate at 140 Kt cruise speed and have a range of 400nm.
Winners - The first-place winner in the graduate category was the University of Maryland and Georgia Institute of Technology came in second. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute captured first-place honors in the undergraduate catergory
2001 Sponsor - Boeing Philadelphia
Project - To develop a VTOL platform with an innovative method of controlling the cyclic pitch of the rotor blades. Methods that do not depend upon the use of traditional swashplate mechanisms were sought.
Winners - The first-place winner in the graduate category was the Unversity of Maryland and Georgia Institute of Technology came in second-place.
2000 Sponsors - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and NASA
Project - To develop an autonomous rotorcraft for exploration of Mars. The mission was to be a proof-of-concept demonstration for rotary wing flight in the Martian atmosphere.
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology took first place honors in the Graduate Propulsion System and in the Graduate Flight Computer competitions as well as a second place in the Graduate Vehicle Design category. Pennsylvania State University captured first place honors in the Undergraduate Vehicle Design section and the University of Maryland won first place in the Graduate Vehicle Design portion of the competition.
1999 Sponsor - Bell Helicopter Textron
Project - To develop a VTOL four-to-six place aircraft minimizing the the number of man hours required to fabricate the components.
Winners - The University of Maryland won 1st Place in the graduate category and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute won first place in the undergraduate division. The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School took second in the graduate category, while second place in undergraduate category and Best New Entrant was given to Princeton University.
1998 Sponsor - Boeing Philadelphia
Project - To develop a modern 12-seat civil VTOL transport rotorcraft with the capability to grow to 19 seats with minimum changes.
Winners - The University of Maryland won 1st Place in the graduate category and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute won first place in the undergraduate division. The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Pennsylvania State University took second place in the graduate and undergraduate categories.
1997 Sponsor - Boeing Mesa
Project - To develop the conceptual design of a VTOL aircraft which could serve as an armed escort for the V-22 high-speed rotorcraft.
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology won first place in the graduate category and the U.S. Military Academy won first in the undergraduate division. The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Pennsylvania State University took second place in the graduate and undergraduate categories.
1996 Sponsor - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Project - A cost-effective, dedicated fire fighting rotorcraft that could best perform a 200 acre, 10 hour forest fighting job for the least overall cost.
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School placed first and second in the graduate category, and Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. Military Academy tied for first place in the undergraduate category. Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute placed second in the undergraduate category.
1995 Sponsor - Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Project - A UAV capable of extracting two people, delivering a payload capsule weighing up to 400 lbs., and equipped with video surveillance.
Winners - The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Georgia Institute of Technology placed first and second in the graduate category, and Georgia Institute of Technology and the U.S. Military Academy placed first and second in the undergraduate category.
1994 Sponsor - Boeing Helicopters
Project - VTOL system with dual-use applications as a civil transport and as a troop assault vehicle.
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology and the US Naval Postgraduate School placed first and second in the graduate category and the US Military Academy placed both first and second in the undergraduate category.
1993 Sponsor - McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems
Project - Scout Reconnaissance
Winners - US Naval Postgraduate School and Arizona State University placed first and second in the graduate category and the US Military Academy placed both first and second in the undergraduate category.
1992 Sponsor - Sikorsky Aircraft
Project - VTOL Package Express Aircraft
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Penn State placed first and second in the undergraduate categories
1991 Sponsor - Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Project - High Speed VTOL
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology in all categories
1990 Sponsor - Boeing Helicopters
Project - Remotely Piloted Surveillance Vehicle
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology in all categories
1989 Sponsor - McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems
Project - Light Utility Helicopter
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology in all categories
1988 Sponsor - Sikorsky Aircraft
Project - Heavy Lift Helicopter
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology placed first and second, University of Maryland placed third
1987 Sponsor - Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Project - Low Cost Tilt Rotor for Commuter Operations
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology placed first and second, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute placed third
1986 Sponsor - Boeing Helicopters
Project - One Man Rotary Wing Racer
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology in all categories
1985 Sponsor - Boeing Helicopters
Project - Sport Helicopter for Home Construction
Winners - Georgia Institute of Technology 1st and 2nd Place, Penn State 3rd Place
1984 Sponsor - Boeing Helicopters
Project - Combat, Search and Rescue
Winners - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology

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