The team chose to enter into the Micro
Class of the competition, making the objective to obtain the highest power to
weight ratio using an electric powered engine.
The plane has to meet certain specifications such as weigh less than ten
pounds, and be able to fit a cargo block that is 8”x4”x3”. Given minimum size requirements and a maximum
weight requirement, the group needs to design a heavy lift cargo plane that
will be able to takeoff on a runway of 100 feet. The plane needs to make one complete circuit
in the air and land on a runway of 200 feet.
Every year, SAE International holds a
competition for both undergraduate and graduate level students to see who can
design the best heavy lift cargo plane.
The three different categories teams can enter into are Regular Class,
Advanced Class, and Micro Class. The
object of the Regular Class is to design an aircraft with a specified gas
powered engine to lift as much weight as possible. In the Advanced Class, the plane has to
include an on-board data acquisition system to be able to tell how long it
takes for takeoff and landing. The Micro
Class competitors’ objective is to design a heavy lift cargo plane using an
electric powered motor to have the highest power to weight ratio.