CHENNAI: Delhi Institute of Technology won the Aero Design Challenge 2018, a student competition held at Anna University. The competition was held from Wednesday to Friday, the challenge tests theoretical aeronautical knowledge in a practical format.
Around 100 teams and 700 students took part in the three-day event for designing and developing UAVs such as drones, miniature helicopters and gliders. In a move towards identifying talented students to carry out design development, manufacture and flight test UAVs, Anna University and Society of Automotive Engineers India Southern Section (SAEISS) conducted this challenge where engineering students demonstrated their models along with their technical presentation to prove their design capabilities.
The purpose of the challenge is to promote and develop Indian expertise and experience in unmanned systems and technologies at the university and college levels.
The competition was conducted for fixed-wing UAV under two categories. The weight of the ‘Micro level’ category is up to 2.5 kg and the regular category is above 2.5 kg and less than 5 kg.For each category of UAV, both Micro level and regular, three prizes were announced. The first prize amount is `1,00,000, the second prize amount is Rs 50,000 and the third prize is Rs 25,000. Also, special awards worth of `10,000 each were given to the best innovation, best design and best presentation respectively.