For the third year in a row Al Ain Men’s College hosted the “UAE innovation Challenge 2013” training for 2 days, on December 8 and 9.
Three engineers from the Northrop Grumman Corporation conducted an intensive training for 12 engineering students from AAMC and AAWC to prepare them for the upcoming UAE Innovation Challenge in April 2013.
During the two day training, students received fundamental aerodynamic principles that deal with the motion of objects through the air and the forces that are produced and used to control these movements, main parts of the airplane, ArduPilot and software-hardware interface to produce a safe and robust flight. By the end of the 2nd day, the students were able to test and fly a readymade-structure airplane.
Throughout the course of this challenge students will learn the entire engineering process from designing, to building, to testing their unmanned aircrafts, and then will compete against other student teams. Therefore, the challenge will encourage students to apply their math and science knowledge to real world engineering projects through teamwork, presentation skills and project management capabilities.
This year teams will aim to design and build an automated unmanned aerial vehicle that can accurately fly a course with the fastest speed.
Having a speed and accuracy requirement will challenge the students to design and build a fast, yet stable, aircraft with an optimized autopilot controller and mission path. There will be two days of flight competition where students can evaluate their design against other teams in April 2013. Day
One of the competition aspects will consist of each team’s first attempt at their best score. Day Two of the competition will see the teams given the chance to improve their first score. Each team is also required to present their design and engineering methods to a panel of judges in the form of a formal presentation.