The purpose of the SAEISS Aero Design Challenge is to promote and develop Indian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Even small scale unmanned vehicles are complex systems requiring a well planned and executed design approach. In addition, safety considerations are important factors in this competition as in any other vehicle design project. Read more..
The competition is intended to provide Bachelor / Master / Diploma students with a real-life engineering challenge. It has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in their real-life work environment. Each team is required to conceive, design and develop a prototype of fixed wing UAV meeting the mission requirements. First and foremost a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.
The importance of interpersonal communication skills is sometimes overlooked, yet both written and oral communication skills are vital in the engineering workplace. To help teams develop these skills, a high percentage of a team's score is devoted to the design report and the oral presentation required in the competition.
SAEISS Aero Design features two classes of competition - Regular and Micro. Regular Class continues to be the class with the purpose to develop the fundamental understanding of flight and the goal is to lift as much payload as possible. Micro Class teams are required to make trades between two potentially conflicting requirements, carrying the highest payload fraction possible, while simultaneously pursuing the lowest empty weight possible.
The Competition also provides multiple opportunities for teams from all over India to showcase the extraordinary talents of engineering students while encouraging them to develop innovative ideas towards development of improved systems for UAVs.
There are two parts to each competition, each with their own series of events. These parts are known as Static and Dynamic Events. The events award the team points towards a grand total. The team with the greatest total wins the competition overall. Some events, such as tech inspection, award no points but are required in order to proceed to other events for safety reasons.
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|Category||1st Prize (INR)||2nd Prize (INR)||3rd Prize (INR)|
|Category||Best Design (INR)||Best Aerodynamic Analysis
|Best Technical Presentation (INR)||Best Innovation (INR)|
**Note: Each Team is eligible for one highest eligible prize in the category (Micro/Regular)
SAEIndia Southern Section is a non-profit organization conducts Aero Design Challenge every year for the students to provide an opportunity towards designing methodology and hands on fabrication experience on Fixed Wing RC Planes.
Students who are enrolled in Bachelor/Master/Diploma degree can participate in this competition. All the participants and mentors should be members of SAE India.
All the above training is included in the registration fee and there is no additional charge. However, food, accommodation, and travel must be borne by the participant.
Workshop date, venue will be announced once all the teams are registered in your web portal
There is no minimum size/member to register for a team. The maximum team size is limited to 7 members. However, we suggest a team have the maximum number as this will provide you an opportunity to experience teamwork and manage the budget effectively.
Cash prize worth 4.1 lakhs will be awarded to teams based on the performance in each category
The design and fabrication of both the category vehicle are the same. Micro (MCA) category represents planes less than 2kg and if you are a beginner venturing into RC plane fabrication for the first time then the Micro (MCA) category will be more suitable. Regular (RCA) category represents planes less than 5kg in weight. It is more challenging to build and fly.
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You could download the ADC 2019 rulebook from
to get a brief idea about different classes of UAV and competition rules
Yes. We are planning to have all the events offline. However, if there are any changes in the mode of the training and conduct of the final event due to unprecedented situation like COVID’19, all registered teams will be informed well in advance about the changes if any, based on government’s decision and regulations. Changes will be updated regularly on the ADC website as well.