The AMAT team has finished constructing the aircraft, named Aura, and is now in the preliminary flight testing stage. Spare components are also being assembled, as well as minor alterations to improve the performance of the plane.
"The 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."