Our most recent aircraft, the COV-1, gets its name from the COVID-19 pandemic. This aircraft features a double boom, which must deploy and retract a sensor during mid-flight. Due to the multiple setbacks and restrictions we faced for the majority of the year, we were unable to complete a finished aircraft for the DBF competition. However, we are currently working on completing a flight-ready prototype that will be tested soon, and we aim to complete a final model by the end of the year!
The POD-2 (Plane of Death) gets its name from its powerful motor. This is a delta wing aircraft, which we designed to fly at high speeds while carrying a certain number of passengers for the DBF competition. Previous prototypes have been tested and optimized before creating the final aircraft as depicted in the picture. Overall, this has been one of our most successful years in terms of aircraft design and flight testing, we even had a dogfight between two of our prototypes!
The CUP-10 (Cruel and Unusual Punishment) gets its name from the difficult design challenges we faced while making this aircraft. For the 2018-2019 DBF competition, our aircraft had to be designed to rotate the wing back in order to fit inside a 3x3 ft. box with a 5ft wingspan. Also, it had to store and drop foam “bombs” during mid-flight. We spent most of our time in the design phase due to the challenges presented to us, and because of this, we were unable to have effective flight data for the competition.
The BUB-Y (Big Ugly Bird) gets its name from its blocky looks. The main objective for DBF competition during the 2017-2018 year was to create an aircraft that can carry as many passengers as possible. Our team developed a conventional style aircraft to complete this goal, and was able to get plenty of data from designing and flight testing. This was the earliest recorded year of our competition aircraft data.