The University of Maryland’s 2019 Design/Build/Fly Team recently competed in this year’s AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition Flyoff in Tuscon, AZ. With Emergent Space Technologies’ support, the Terpojets were able to successfully manufacture a competition-ready aircraft, fly 6 scoring missions throughout the competition, placing 14th place in a field of 104 international teams. Maryland’s design report was graded even higher, placing 13th, further improving the competition score.
Now in it’s 23rd year, The Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition scores entrants in their performance during various radio-controlled aircraft missions. Additionally, each team is required to submit a design report, which is subsequently scored and added to a total overall competition score. Taking place over the course of 4 days, from April 11-14, the theme this year was Aircraft Carrier Operations. The missions included a ground-based hanger to flight deck transition, and three flight missions: a Delivery Flight with no payload, a Reconnaissance Flight with a controllable radome, and an Attack Flight involving foam “attack score” drops.
More detailed information about the competition can be found on the competition website: http://www.aiaadbf.org
Emergent would like to congratulate the University of Maryland for their success, and look forward to partnering again in the future.