Past Student Design Competition Winners

 

2018

A Reconfigurable VTOL Aircraft

 
Sponsor: U.S. Army Research Lab
 
Challenge: to design a Group 3 size unmanned VTOL aircraft that achieves high-speed forward flight (relative to current VTOL aircraft) and efficient hover through the use of novel reconfigurable propulsive and lifting devices.
Undergraduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Kwatee
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Helluvacopter
3rd place, Pennsylvania State University — Tocho
Best New Entry: Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani — Druta (The Rapid Eagle)
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland and Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics — MetalTail
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — KnightFlyer
Best FLIGHTLAB Bonus Model: University of Maryland and Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics — MetalTail
 
 

2017

24 Hour Hovering Machine Conceptual Design

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
 
Challenge: to design a heavier-than-air flying machine that could hover for 24 hours over three stations 1 km apart, carrying a human-sized payload of (80 kg) 176.4 lb. These principal design drivers were based on the ongoing AHS International Igor I. Sikorsky 24 Hour Hover Challenge flying competition, also sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Elysium
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — SWARM
3rd place, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur — Vibhram
Best Hardware Validation: University of Maryland — Elysium
Undergraduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Chezoia
2nd place, PFH Private University of Applied Sciences — Ephemeron
3rd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — 24 Hour Buzz
Best New Entry: Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico — Godwit Helicopter
 
 

2016

Air Launched Unmanned Disaster Relief Delivery Vehicle

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter
 
Challenge: The competition, Air Launched Unmanned Disaster Relief Delivery Vehicle, challenged students to design an unmanned rotorcraft, capable of deployment from the ramp of an in-flight C-130J cargo airplane. The rotorcraft needed to arrest its descent and transition into its own flight mode to deliver supplies to remote areas from a hover and subsequently return to a recovery base.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Halcyon
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Angel
3rd place, Politecnico de Milano — Fenix
Best New Entry: University of Liverpool — Capstone
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics — Aurora
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Valkyrie
3rd place, Pennsylvania State University — Droplet
Best New Entry: Alliance College of Engineering and Design — RAKSHAK
 
 

2015

Distributed Logistics in an Urban Setting Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

 
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
 
Challenge: The competition for "Distributed Logistics in an Urban Setting Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" provided challenging tasks for undergraduate student teams to complete a vehicle design, while graduate student teams completed a systems design. In addition, there was an optional task for undergraduate and graduate teams for planning and conducting a hardware validation activity.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — AirEZ
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — Stork
3rd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — ADD90
Best New Entry: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore — Lakshya
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — AirBuzz
2nd place, Pennsylvania State University — ROAR
3rd place, Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — HARETC
Best New Entry: New River Community College — TEARS
 
 

2014

X-VTOL

 
Sponsor: AgustaWestland
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology — XV-58 Manta
2nd place, Best New Entry: Politecnico de Milano — NIBBIO
3rd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — The Emperor UAV
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Best New Entry: St. Louis University — Heli-Fast
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — The Hammerhead
3rd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Project Raven
 
 

2013

The HealCopter

 
Sponsor: Eurocopter
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Heli-X
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — STERNA
Best New Entry (Individual): Kiran Ganesh — KURARA
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University — GRIFFIN
2nd place, Texas A&M University — HealCopter
 
 

2012

Rotary Winged Pylon Racer

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
Challenge: To design a purpose built helicopter to race on a prescribed pylon course. Graduate students were required to submit a simulation package video.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Dart T690/E550
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Liverpool — Advanced Racing Concept (ARC)
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — BADGER
2nd place, Pennsylvania State University — Altair
 
 

2011

Multi‐Mission Aircraft

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Excalibur
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Liverpool — Odyssey
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Golden Retriever
2nd place, Pennsylvania State University — Phoenix
Best New Entry: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur — RC2
 
 

2010

LIFT! More LIFT!

 
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Goliath
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Thor
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University — SPARCL
2nd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — GunSmash and the Atlas
Best New Entry: M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology — Silver
 
 

2009

Non-conventional Rotor Drive

 
Sponsor: AgustaWestland
 
Challenge: To design a new, non-conventional rotor/drive system for a helicopter, starting from a current, in-service design with MTOW between 3500 and 5500 kgm, and including all necessary subsystems that will endow the new design with improved performance in terms of speed, range, payload, endurance and noise signature.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Liverpool — Peregrine
2nd place, University of Maryland — Griffin Veritas
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology — GyrBlitz
2nd place, Pennsylvania State University — Pegasus
Best New Entry: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics — Non-Conventional Rotor Drive
 
 

2008

Advanced VTOL Concept “SMART – COPTER” Minimizing Energy Consumption

 
Sponsor: Eurocopter
 
Challenge: To design an advanced VTOL "SMART-COPTER" concept capable of operating from an unprepared area and which minimizes energy consumption throughout the operational envelope.
Graduate winners
1st place, Konkuk University / University of Maryland — Volterra — The Era of Green
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Athena
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University — SMART-COPTER: Razor Rescue
2nd place, University of Maryland — Ecocopter
Best New Entry: Middle East Technical University — Metu-Copter
 
 

2007

Advanced Deployable Compact Rotorcraft in support of Special Operation Forces

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
Challenge: To design an advanced manned VTOL Approach and Recovery Vehicle (ARV) that is capable of operating from a submersible vehicle in support of Special Operations Forces, and an advanced Unmanned Escort Vehicle (UEV) that is capable of supporting the operations of the ARV.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Cyphir, Dragonfly and Barracuda
2nd place, University of Maryland — Triton
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Best New Entry: Pennsylvania State University / Technion — Israel Institute of Technology — Waterspout
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

2006

2-Place Turbine Training Helicopter

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: To design a two-seat, single-engine turbine training helicopter with operating characteristics representative of the world's turbine helicopter fleet, while being cost-competitive with current piston-engined training helicopters, along with the conceptual design of a low-cost turbine engine.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Rambler
2nd place, University of Maryland — Penguin
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University / Technion — Israel Institute of Technology — Grass-Chopper
2nd place, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Best New Entry: Istanbul Technical University — Anka
 
 

2005

Heavy Lift VTOL Aircraft

 
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Atlas
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology — Heavy Lift Tandem
Best New Entry (Individual): University of Alabama Huntsville
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — WYVER
2nd place, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology — Cronus
 
 

2004

Design for Certification- Mountain Rescue Helicopter

 
Sponsor: AgustaWestland
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Condor
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd place, Best New Entry: US Air Force Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Infinity
 
 

2003

VTOL Urban Disaster Response Vehicle

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation / NASA
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — UM-911 Aeneas
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University — Griffin Heavy-Lift Rescue Vehicle
2nd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — Extricator
3rd place, Iowa State University
 
 

2002

 
    Press release
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: 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 400 nm.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
 

2001

 
    Press release
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — Raven
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

2000

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation / NASA
 
Challenge: 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.
Graduate winners
1st place, Propulsion System and Flight Computer Design: Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Maryland
2nd place, Vehicle Design: Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Vehicle Design: Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

1999

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: To develop a VTOL four-to-six place aircraft minimizing the the number of man hours required to fabricate the components.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland — CalVert
2nd place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2nd place, Princeton University
Best New Entry: Princeton University
 
 

1998

 
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
 
Challenge: To develop a modern 12-seat civil VTOL transport rotorcraft with the capability to grow to 19 seats with minimum changes.
Graduate winners
1st place, University of Maryland
2nd place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School / Pennsylvania State University
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2nd place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School / Pennsylvania State University
 
 

1997

 
Sponsor: The Boeing Company
 
Challenge: To develop the conceptual design of a VTOL aircraft which could serve as an armed escort for the V-22 high-speed rotorcraft.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Undergraduate winners
1st place, U.S. Military Academy
2nd place, Pennsylvania State University
 
 

1996

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
Challenge: A cost-effective, dedicated fire fighting rotorcraft that could best perform a 200 acre, 10 hour forest fighting job for the least overall cost.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University
2nd place, U.S. Military Academy
3rd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
 

1995

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: A UAV capable of extracting two people, delivering a payload capsule weighing up to 400 lbs., and equipped with video surveillance.
Graduate winners
1st place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, U.S. Military Academy
 
 

1994

 
Sponsor: Boeing Helicopters
 
Challenge: VTOL system with dual-use applications as a civil transport and as a troop assault vehicle.
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Undergraduate winners
1st place, U.S. Military Academy
2nd place, U.S. Military Academy
 
 

1993

 
Sponsor: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems
 
Challenge: Scout Reconnaissance
Graduate winners
1st place, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
2nd place, Arizona State University
Undergraduate winners
1st place, U.S. Military Academy
2nd place, U.S. Military Academy
 
 

1992

VTOL Package Express Aircraft

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
Challenge: VTOL Package Express Aircraft
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Undergraduate winners
1st place, Pennsylvania State University
2nd place, Pennsylvania State University
 
 

1991

High Speed VTOL

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: High Speed VTOL
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

1990

Remotely Piloted Surveillance Vehicle

 
Sponsor: Boeing Helicopters
 
Challenge: Remotely Piloted Surveillance Vehicle
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

1989

Light Utility Helicopter

 
Sponsor: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems
 
Challenge: Light Utility Helicopter
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

1988

Heavy Lift Helicopter

 
Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
Challenge: Heavy Lift Helicopter
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd place, University of Maryland
 
 

1987

Low Cost Tilt Rotor for Commuter Operations

 
Sponsor: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Challenge: Low Cost Tilt Rotor for Commuter Operations
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
 

1986

One Man Rotary-Wing Racer

 
Sponsor: Boeing Helicopters
 
Challenge: One Man Rotary-Wing Racer
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
 
 

1985

Sport Helicopter for Home Construction

 
Sponsor: Boeing Helicopters
 
Challenge: Sport Helicopter for Home Construction
Graduate winners
1st place, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd place, Pennsylvania State University
 
 

1984

Combat, Search and Rescue

 
Sponsor: Boeing Helicopters
 
Challenge: Combat, Search and Rescue
Overall winners
1st place, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2nd place, Georgia Institute of Technology