University Students Compete in Global Drone-Building Contest

Eighteen teams of engineering students recently competed in a worldwide drone-building challenge at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC).

Taking place at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition at Montreal's Palais des Congres, the teams – including squads from universities in China, France, India, Peru, Turkey and across the U.S. – designed and built a powerful, maneuverable, remotely piloted drone to fly in this year's competition.

The SDC Challenge for 2014 was to design and build an original drone, pilot it successfully through a series of high and low obstacles, complete a targeted payload drop, and return to the start – in one piece.

At day's end, the University of North Dakota team took first place with a 78.4-pound steel and aluminum machine. Second place went to the nine-man team from California Polytechnic State University. Third place was taken by the ‘Airwolf,’ a drone flown by the group from North Carolina State University.

Every year, the SDC hosts a design-and-build challenge based on the latest developments in industry and academia. A committee of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) members, led by Dr. Tim Hodges, professor of mechanical engineering at the Virginia Military Institute, organizes the event.

Photos from the event can be found here.


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