About SAE Aero Design Series
The SAE Aero Design competition is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering challenge. The competition has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in their real-life work environment. First and foremost a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.
The importance of interpersonal communication skills is sometimes overlooked, yet both written and oral communication skills are vital in the engineering workplace. To help teams develop these skills, a high percentage of a team’s score is devoted to the design report and the oral presentation required in the competition.
SAE Aero Design features three classes of competition-Regular, Advanced, and Micro. Regular Class continues to be the class with the purpose to develop the fundamental understanding of flight. We recommended Regular Class for first year teams interested in competing. Advanced Class requires teams to have a systems approach to the design while integrating several engineering disciplines: aeronautical, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers. The ultimate end goal for this class is autonomous flight with a “purpose” decided every year by rules committee members. Micro Class teams are required to make trades between two potentially conflicting requirements, carrying the highest payload fraction possible, while simultaneously pursuing the lowest empty weight possible.
SAE Aero Design Rules & Important Documents
Please submit all technical questions via www.saeaerodesign.com.
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SAE Aero Design Resources
Power Limiter Information
Ask all rules questions on www.saeaerodesign.com.
When using the SAE International Logo and the Collegiate Design Series Word Mark’s (i.e.: Formula SAE) please adhere to the Guidelines that are in each folder. If your team has any questions please contact [email protected]. Thank you.
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Latest Aero Design Series News
URGENT: PAYMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED
SAE Aero Design Demo Day
SAE.org website and SAEAeroDesign.com
New Payment Policy!
Sam’s Corner: August 2016
2017 SAE Aero Design Rules
2017 Numbering for Top 2016 Teams