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Design Build Fly

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Raised toward our $5,500 Goal
21 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 11:59 PM PST
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Design Build Fly

The Design build fly team at San Jose State University is a group of engineering students who are working together in building an aircraft to compete in the 2022 AIAA DBF competition. Design Build fly is an annual competition which is held by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for universities around the world to be able to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom. Every year 110 universities are selected after proposal submission to compete in the fly-off in Wichita, Kansas. This year, the team consists of thirteen San Jose State University aerospace engineering students, some with RC aircraft building experience and one with prior DBF experience. Each individual member has their respective role responsibilities, including designing, coding, structures, and more. The competition includes three missions that involve carrying a high number of vial packages and syringes in the shortest time possible. Our goal for this year is to secure a position in the competition at fly-off and do our best to win. 

The reason why the team is raising funds is to help pay for tools, parts, and travel to the competition. Like any project worked on, all costs must be considered. Primary necessities for the team are parts, examples include construction materials (Carbon fiber, Monokote, Balsa wood, Foam) and electronic parts. Collectively, by the beginning of next semester, the team has a goal to complete the construction of a prototype. This is a large but important goal in order to be on track in creating the best airplane possible. The team has been working non-stop to begin a preliminary design that allows for redefining the design using our knowledge as engineers. A second important goal for funds includes raising funds to get the team to the competition and lodging in Witchita, Kansas. As most know, travel comes at a heavy price, and being students it’s difficult to spend the amount of money required to travel on a 4-5 day trip to a new state. Yet, the team as a whole believes travel is still an afterthought in comparison to the build of the aircraft. 

We need all of the support we can get to make this project a success. Some ways that you can help this project take flight is by: First, you can support the students on the team by donating to the project and second, you can support students on the team by sharing this page when reaching out to family and friends to help raise funds. 

Thank you for helping engineering students at San Jose State university, not only are you helping the project reach success, you are also helping students grow in their path to becoming Aerospace Engineers redefining the future of flight.  

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This gift could help the team purchase structural materials to assemble the plane.



This gift will help the team to purchase batteries and motors for the plane. Donors of this level will receive a thank you email.



This gift could help the team to purchase the proper tools and storage for manufacturing the plane. Donors of this level will receive a thank you letter.



This gift could help pay for transportation to and from the competition. Donors of this level will receive a thank you letter with a team photo.


Lead Engineer

This gift could help pay for lodging at the competition. Donors at this level will receive a thank you letter with a team photo and a team t-shirt.


Project Manager

This gift could help with covering transportation for the plane. As a thank you, donors of this level will receive a gift, a team t-shirt, and thank you letter with a team photo.

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