MIT’s AeroMIT Team Finishes as Fourth in US Competition
Manipal: Manipal Institute of Technology’s AeroMIT, a team of 20 multi-disciplinary undergraduates who design, fabricate and fly remote controlled aircraft, MAVs (Micro Aerial Vehicle) and research modern drone technologies, is improving with every international outing. “We broke into the top 10 spot in season 5, top 5 spot in season 6 and now have gone one up fourth place in season 7 of our participation in SAE AeroDesign in the Micro Class Division competition,” said team leader Shloke Chaudhuri.
The others who comprise the team are: V.V. Hariharan, Ayush Verma, Gaurav Rajput, Siddharth Shukla, Arjit Seth, Samarth Agarwal, Adithya Ramesh, Yasasvi H. Kumar, UtkarshTripathi, Nikhil Thota, Brian D’souza, ShreeshMohalik, Anjay Subramanian, Amartya Gupta, Lavanya Vij, Gilbert Soyus, Kaushik Chavali, Joel D’souza and Vishnu Priyatam.
AeroMITparticipates in a competition held at Fort Worth, Texas, USA every year. Teams from around the world including Georgia Institute of Technology, Louisiana State University, Texas A and M and several Indian Universities participate. AeroMIT has secured several laurels this season including first place in highest payload carried.
The given problem statement is based on conflicting parameters of an aircraft. It should have High Payload Fraction while simultaneously being highly modular and small in size with the lowest empty weight possible to maximise the score. The competition tests engineering ability and production management.
Talking about the challenges faced, Shloke said, “Our biggest challenge this year was the availability of resources. India as a whole has a verylimited RC culture so a lot of the components need to be imported and this not only costs us alot of money but also a significant amount of time. But it’s a growing hobby and we hope it willsmoothen things for future seasons”.
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