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AVIATOR:DESIGNCHALLENGE

Task:

Designandmakeafast,light,wirelessremotecontrolledaircraft(usingelectricmotorsonly),
whichcanmanoeuvrearoundthementionedpathwhilehavingamaximumpayloadfractionin
theleastpossibletimebeforelandinginthespecifiedzone.

Figure1:Path
Thespecificsofthetask:
Thefollowingorderofthetaskhastobefollowed:
1.Startfromthelaunch/landingzone.
2.Takeaturnfromthelinepassingthroughapole1/3.
3.Now,followthepathasmentionedinthediagramtomakeanEightinthehorizontalplane.
4.Enterthesafelandingzoneandland.Tryandlandascloseaspossibletotheinnermost
spotofthespotlandingzone.
5.Completethewholetaskintheleasttimepossible.

Figure1

Figure2

Figure3

MachineSpecifications:

1.Anaircraftisdefinedasanobjectthathasthefourforcesofflight,namelylift,drag,weight
(gravity)andthrustduetopropelleractingonitatanypointoftime.
2.Theaircraftistobedesignedinsuchawaythatittravelsquicklyinair,iseasily
manoeuvrable
andhasthemaximumpayloadfraction.
3.Theuseoflaunchingmechanismsisprohibited.Theaircraftshouldbehandlaunched.
4.TheuseofICenginesisprohibited.Onlyelectricalmotorsareallowed.
5.Teamsmustprovidetheirownpayloadforalltheportionsofcompetition.
6.Theparticipantsarefreetousethematerialsoftheirchoice.HowevertheuseofBalsa
wood/foam(sunboard)/sunpackisadvisable.Balsawoodislight,easytohandleand
fabricate
theaircraftmakingitthebestchoice.
7.Participantsmustmakeallpartsoftheaircraftthemselves.Usageof
ReadytoFly(RTF)
and

AlmostReadytoFly(ARTF)
kitsisstrictlyprohibited.However,thekitcomprisingof
unassembledcutpiecesofBalsawoodisallowed.
8.Useofreadymadeactuators/motors,remotecontrolsandpropellersareallowed.
9.Anydimensionoftheaircraftshouldnotexceed
900mm
i.e.maximumalloweddimensionis
90cm,whetheritisthewingspanorthelengthoftheaircraft.Anyexceptiontothisrulewill
rendertheparticipantdisqualified.
10.Theweightofaircraftmustnotbemorethan
500grams
.
11.Useofgyroscopes(gyros)isprohibited.
12.Payloadfractionistheratioofthepayloadtothetotalweightoftheaircraft,wherePayload
is
thedeadweight.
a.whichprovidesnoadditiontothestrengthofthewingsandfuselagefore.g.steelrods
tostrengthenthewingsarenotallowed
b.whichprovidesnoaerodynamicadvantageintermsofliftfore.g.placingextrasetsof
wingstogainmoreliftisnotallowed
c.Maxdimensionofthepayloadshouldbe30%ofthemaximumdimensionoftheplane
d.Payloadshouldcompriseamaximumoftwoidenticallyshapeddiscretebodies.

e.Payloadhastobebroughtbytheteamsforthecompetition.Theorganizingteamisnot
responsibleatanytimeinthecompetitionforprovidingthepayload.
13.Emptyweightoftheaircraftisdefinedasthetotalweightwithoutthepayload.Theempty
weightoftheplaneshouldnotexceed500gramsatanypointoftimeduringthe
competition.
Theemptyweightoftheplanewouldbecheckedbythecoordinatorbeforeeveryrun
14.Anyonefoundnotfollowingtheaboveruleswillbedisqualified

GameRules:

1.Theparticipantwillbeconsideredforscoringonlyifhisplanefollowsthementionedpath.
Otherwise,hisscorestandsatzero.
2.Duringdepartureandapproachtolanding,thepilotmustnotflytheaircraftinapatternthat
will
allowtheaircrafttoenteranyofthenoflyzones.Therunwouldbecountedasnullandvoidin
theeventtheplaneentersintoanyoneofthenoflyzones.Theparticipantshallthenhaveno
furtherflyingattempts.
3.Allpartsmustremainattachedtotheaircraftduringflightandlanding.
4.Brokenpropellersareallowed,andwillnotinvalidateaflightattempt.
(Note
:Thenoflyzoneistheareaexcludingtherectangleof100mX90masshowninthe
Figure2)

CompetitionRules:

1.Thetimeofflightforarunisdefinedasthetimetakenbytheaircrafttofollowthementioned
path,reachtheSafeLandingZoneandlandthere.
2.Amaximumtimeof3minuteswillbegiventocompletethecircuit.
3.Theaircrafthastobehandlaunchedi.e.theaircraftwillbelaunchedintheairwithhandand
no
otherlaunchdevices.
4.Thetimerwillstartfromthemomenttheaircraftisintheair.
5.Thetimerwillstoponlywhentheaircraftfinallycomestoahalt.
6.Aminimumof100gramsofpayloadwouldhavetobecarriedfortheround.Theweightofthe

payloadwouldbedecidedbytheteamsfortheirrespectiveaircraftandshouldbenotifiedto
the
coordinator.
7.Theteamsareexpectedtofixthepayloadtightlyandshouldbeintactduringthecourseof
the
flight.
8.Ifanypartoftheplanedetachesduringtheflight,thepayloadfractionwillbecalculated
accordingtotheweightoftheplaneleftafterlanding.
9.However,ifanypartdetachesafterthelanding,itwillnotresultinanypenalty.
10.Assoonasthetimersignalsmorethan3minutes,onlythepointsgatheredbytheaircraftup
tothatmomentareconsidered.Forexample,ifafterfollowingthementionedpaththeplane
is
stillinairwhentimerstops,itwillbeconsideredtohavescoredthestructurequotientonly
and
nomoreevenifitlandsaftertheallotted3minutes.
11.Eachteamwillbegiventworunsandthebetterofthetwowillbeconsideredforthe
calculationofpoints.
a)Twochanceswouldbegivenforeachrun,onlyiftheplanelandsbeforecrossinga
line
passingthroughPoleA.
b)Iftheteamthinksthattheplaneisnotfunctioningproperlytheycanusethesecond
chanceonlybylandingbeforecrossingalinepassingthroughPoleA.
c)IftheplanecrossespoleA,thererunwillnotbegiven.

GeneralRequirementsduringthegame:

1.
Radios:
Theuseof2.4GHzradioisrequiredforallaircraftcompetinginthecompetition.
2.
MetalPropellersProhibited
:Metalpropellersarenotallowed.

AbstractSubmission:
1.Alltheparticipantsneedtosubmitanabstractontheiraircraft.
th
2.Forteamsrequiringaccommodation,thelastdateofsubmittingtheAbstractis30
October,
2015

VideoSubmission:

1.Participantshavetosubmitavideooftheworkingmodelbeforethecompetition.Thisvideo
will
beusedtoshortlistteamsforthecompetition.Onlyshortlistedteamswillbeeligibleto
participateintheAviatoratTechfest201516.
2.Thevideoshouldbeanuneditedclip,atleast1minuteinlength,showingtheaircrafttaking
off
initiallyandtakingaUturn.
3.Inthevideo,oneoftheparticipantsfromtheteammustdemonstratethathe/shehasdecent
flyingskillsforsafetyreasons.
4.Theparticipantsneedtoshowtheiraircraft,thebasicfunctionsoftheirremotecontrol,flythe
aircraftwithwhichtheywillbeparticipatingintheeventanddemonstrateitslaunch/takeoff,
flightandlanding.
5.TheclipshouldpreferablybeinAVIorMPEGformat.Ifanyotherformatisused,please
attach
appropriatevideopluginstoensurethattheorganizerscanrunthevideoproperly.
6.Theteamshavetodoeitheranonlinesubmissionoranofflinesubmission.
Foronlinesubmissions,participantsneedtomailusthesoftcopyofabstract(PDFformat)
andthevideoatForofflinesubmissions,participantsneedtosendusaprintedcopyof
abstractandaCD/DVDcontainingthevideo.
TheCDandtheprintedabstracthavetobecourieredinasingleenvelopetothepostal
address:
TechfestOffice,StudentGymkhana,IITBombay,Powai,Mumbai76,India.
7.Anemailwillbesenttotheteamleaderconfirmingthereceptionoftheentry.
8.Techfest201516isnotresponsibleforanypostal/courierdelays,soparticipantsare
encouragedtosendtheirentrieswellinadvancetoensurereceiptbeforethelastdate.
9.Thevideosubmissionismandatoryforallparticipantsduetosafetyconcerns.Allparticipants
whoareabletoshowtheirbasicflyingskillsinthevideowillbeallowedtoparticipateinthe
competition.

Judging:
Participantswillbeconsideredforthescoringonlyiftheyareabletocrossanyofthepole,
Otherwisehisscorewillbeconsideredaszero.
Score=Structuralquotient+Speedquotient+Landing

a)
Structuralquotient
=1000X(PayloadFraction)
PayloadFractionistheratioofweightofpayloadtothetotalweightoftheaircraft.
b)
Speedquotient
=180Time
Timeisthetimecalculatedbytheorganizerinsecondsfromthemomenttheplaneisintheair
towhenitfinallylandsintheSafeLandingZone.
c)
Landing
=(SafeLanding)+(SpotLanding)

Safelanding:

Safelandingisdefinedasasmoothlandingwherethepropelleroftheplaneisundamagedand
alsotheremainingpartsareintactaftertheplanetouchestheground.Theparticipantisallotted
50pointsfor
SafeLanding
inthe
SafeLandingZone
.

SpotLanding:

SpotLandingisdefinedaslandingtheplaneintheSpotLandingZone.

1.200pointsforlandingintheBlackZoneofradius5meters.
2.100pointsforlandingintheBlueZoneofradius10meters.
3.50pointsforlandingintheRedZoneofradius15meters.
(
Note
:theSafeLandingZoneincludesthe
SpotLandingZone
,therefore
SafeLanding
inthe
SpotLandingZone
willrewardin50pointsfor
SafeLanding
addedtothepointsfor
Spot
Landing
dependingontheparticularcolourzonewherehelanded.)

TeamSpecifications

Ateamcanconsistofamaximumof4participants.Studentsfromdifferenteducational
institutescanformateam.

Eligibility

Allstudentswithavalididentitycardoftheirrespectiveeducationalinstitutesareeligibleto
participateintheAviator:DesignChallengeatTechfest201516.

CertificatePolicy:

1.CertificatesofExcellencewillbeawardedtoallteamswhoareinthetop3positions.
2.CertificatesofParticipationwillbegiventoalltheteamsthatareabletocomplete8shaped
loop.