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Student Competitions

Alumni support enables students to attend aerospace competitions around the country. These experiences enrich our students' learning and give them real-world applications where they can apply their knowledge. Financial sponsors of the featured projects include the John D. Akerman Memorial Fund, the Richard and Shirley DeLeo Scholarship & Engineering Fund, the AEM Alumni Program Initiative Fund, ATK, and the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium.

SAE Aero Design West Competition

SAE Design Team

The AEM Senior Design Team, the Flying Gophers, designed an aircraft for the Micro Class category of the SAE Aero Design West Competition held on March 10-12, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas. Their objective was to design a light-weight, UAV style aircraft that could be quickly deployed from a small package with a high payload ratio. See more about their design here.

RASC-AL Design Challenge

Senior Design Team

An AEM Senior Design team participated in the final round of NASA’s RASC-AL Design Challenge in Cocoa Beach, Florida on May 31-June 2. RASC-AL is a full mission architecture engineering design competition that takes place at the university level. The 2017 competition focused on the development of innovative architecture that helps to support NASA’s goal of improving our ability to work more effectively in microgravity. See more about the team’s work here.

Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America Cup Teams

The University of Minnesota Rocket Team competed in the Spaceport America Cup in the Advanced 30,000 ft. target altitude division. The competition was held near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico from June 20-24, 2017.

This year, the team plans to attempt the Big Ten Alka Rocket Challenge. This challenge is open to teams of students from each of the 14 universities in the Big Ten Conference. Teams will design and launch an Alka-Rocket that will attempt to set the first-ever Guinness World Record title for highest launch of an Alka-Rocket.

CanSat Competition

CanSat Team

The University of Minnesota team Gabia Solaris participated in the 2017 CanSat Competition in June. The team built a small glider that could be deployed from a rocket and collect atmospheric and navigational data as it descends and transmit it to a ground station using solar power. They earned 7th place out of the 40 teams that made it to the flight day in Texas, and 87 that entered the competition. See more about the competition here.

Solar Car Project

Solar Car Team

The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project is a student run organization that teaches members about engineering and management. The team will be participating in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: a 3000 kilometers race across the continent of Australia - from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south with their newly designed solar vehicle, Eos II.

Last Modified: 2017-08-04 at 14:01:42 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation