Design Build Fly at SJSU is a team of engineering students that have come together to design and build a radio-controlled airplane for competition. Design Build Fly is an annual competition held by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for universities around the world to apply their knowledge outside the classroom. Each year 110 universities are selected after the proposal stage to compete in the fly-off either in Wichita, KS or Prescott, AZ. This year our task is to build a plane that emulates a charter style propeller-driven aircraft that can carry simulated passengers and luggage while also having the capability to tow a banner behind the aircraft. Our goal for this year is to secure a position in the fly off and do our best to win.
We are raising funds now to help pay for parts, tools, and travel to the competition. As part of any project, we must consider any and every cost involved. Our primary need now is for parts, things like construction materials (Balsa wood, carbon fiber, and HD foam) and electronics. As a team, we have made a goal to finish a prototype by the beginning of the next semester, a lofty yet very important goal of creating the best airplane we can make. Our team has been working around the clock to begin the preliminary design that will allow us to iterate and refine our design and knowledge as engineers. The secondary goal for the funds raised is to help with getting us to the competition and lodging in Wichita, KS. As most know, travel in the 21st century isn’t cheap and students aren’t the most equipped to spend the amount of money required to take a 4 day trip to another state. We have a goal to make the travel an afterthought to the engineering students and team as a whole.
We need your support to make this project a success! There are a few ways you can support our team:
The first way you can support our team is to assist with the funding of the project through this campaign.
The second way you can support our team is to share this page with friends, family, and people you think will find interest in this project and would like to see it succeed.
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This gift will help the team purchase structural materials to assemble the plane.