Past Student Design Competition Winners

 

2016

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

 
Project: 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: University of Maryland — Halcyon
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology — Angel
3rd: Politecnico de Milano — Fenix
Best New Entry: University of Liverpool — Capstone
Undergraduate winners
1st: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics — Aurora
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology — Valkyrie
3rd: Pennsylvania State University — Droplet
Best New Entry: Alliance College of Engineering and Design — RAKSHAK
 

2015

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: 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: University of Maryland — AirEZ
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — Stork
3rd: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — ADD90
Best New Entry: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Undergraduate winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — AirBuzz
2nd: Pennsylvania State University — ROA
3rd: Georgia Institute of Technology / Middle East Technical University — HARETC
Best New Entry: New River Community College
 

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

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

2012

Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 
Project: 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: University of Maryland — Dart T690/E550
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Liverpool — Advanced Racing Concept (ARC)
Undergraduate winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology — BADGER
2nd: Pennsylvania State University — Altair
 

2011

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

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

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

2009

Sponsor: AgustaWestland

 
Project: 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: Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Liverpool — Peregrine
2nd: University of Maryland — Griffin Veritas
Undergraduate winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology — GyrBlitz
2nd: Pennsylvania State University — Pegasus
Best New Entry: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics — Non-Conventional Rotor Drive
 

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.
Graduate winners
1st: University of Maryland / Konkuk University — Volterra — The Era of Green
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology — Athena
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University — SMART-COPTER: Razor Rescue
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology — Ecocopter
Best New Entry: Middle East Technical University — Metu-Copter
 

2007

Sponsor: Eurocopter

 
Project: 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: Georgia Institute of Technology — Cyphir, Dragonfly and Barracuda
2nd: University of Maryland — Triton
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University / Technion — Israel Institute of Technology — Waterspout
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: Pennsylvania State University / Technion — Israel Institute of Technology — Waterspout
 

2006

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

 
Project: 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: Georgia Institute of Technology — Rambler
2nd: University of Maryland — Penguin
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University / Technion — Israel Institute of Technology — Grass-Chopper
2nd: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Best New Entry: Istanbul Technical University — Anka
 

2005

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
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.
Graduate winners
1st: University of Maryland — Atlas
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology — Heavy Lift Tandem
Best New Entry: University of Alabama Huntsville
Undergraduate winners
1st: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — WYVER
2nd: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology — Cronus
 

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

2003

Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 
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.
Graduate winners
1st: University of Maryland — UM-911 Aeneas
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University — GRIFFIN
2nd: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — Extricator
3rd: Iowa State University
 

2002

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

 
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 400 nm.
Graduate winners
1st: University of Maryland
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 

2001

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
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.
Graduate winners
1st: University of Maryland — Raven
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
 

2000

Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 
Project: o 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: Georgia Institute of Technology
1st: University of Maryland — MARV
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University
 

1999

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

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

1998

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: To develop a modern 12-seat civil VTOL transport rotorcraft with the capability to grow to 19 seats with minimum changes.
Graduate winners
1st: University of Maryland — Chesapeake
2nd: U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
2nd: Pennsylvania State University
Undergraduate winners
1st: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2nd: U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
2nd: Pennsylvania State University
 

1997

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: 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: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Undergraduate winners
1st: U.S. Military Academy
2nd: Pennsylvania State University
 

1996

Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 
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.
Graduate winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University
1st: U.S. Military Academy
2nd: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 

1995

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

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

1994

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

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

1993

Sponsor: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems

 
Project: Scout Reconnaissance
Graduate winners
1st: U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
2nd: Arizona State University
Undergraduate winners
1st: U.S. Military Academy
2nd: U.S. Military Academy
 

1992

Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 
Project: VTOL Package Express Aircraft
Graduate winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Undergraduate winners
1st: Pennsylvania State University
2nd: Pennsylvania State University
 

1991

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

 
Project: High Speed VTOL
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
 

1990

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: Remotely Piloted Surveillance Vehicle
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
 

1989

Sponsor: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems

 
Project: Light Utility Helicopter
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
 

1988

Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 
Project: Heavy Lift Helicopter
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd: University of Maryland
 

1987

Sponsor: Bell Helicopter

 
Project: Low Cost Tilt Rotor for Commuter Operations
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 

1986

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: One Man Rotary-Wing Racer
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
 

1985

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: Sport Helicopter for Home Construction
General winners
1st: Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd: Georgia Institute of Technology
 

1984

Sponsor: The Boeing Company

 
Project: Combat, Search and Rescue
General winners
1st: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Georgia Institute of Technology