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Beihang Aeromodelling Team Defends Championship in SAE Aero Design 2019

Release time:April 12, 2019 / Li Mingzhu

From April 5 to 7, Beihang Aeromodelling Team competed with teams from 75 universities worldwide in the Advanced Class of SAE Aero Design West 2019 held in California, USA. It ranked first in oral presentation, first in flight performance and third in written design report respectively, earning the highest total score and winning three consecutive championships in this class of the contest. This is also the best score in both SAE Aero Design West and SAE Aero Design East this year.

Beihang Aeromodelling Team won the championship in SAE Aero Design 2019

Since October 2018, Beihang Aeromodelling Team has spent half a year busily preparing for the competition, overcoming technical difficulties and innovating technical plans. After over 100 test flights as well as constant adjustment and refinement, the team greatly optimized the design, power system, payload delivery system and other aspects of its aircraft according to the competition requirements.

During the competition

The aircraft designed by Beihang Aeromodelling Team adopted a dual-motor design, all-composite wing skin and a high-precision payload delivery system. In the design report and oral presentation sections, it was unanimously praised by the judges from Lockheed Martin, ANSYS, etc., which are world-famous experts in the field of aero design. During the flight performance demonstration, the Beihang team outdid its opponents by high-precision delivery and flexible delivery strategies, winning first place in this part.

During the competition

During the competition

Founded in 1952, Beihang Aeromodelling Team has developed a complete mechanism that covers talent selection and cultivation, competition preparation and conversion of research achievements over the past 67 years. It trains talents in practice and enables them to grow by competing in contests worldwide with self-designed aircraft, providing an important platform for the development of innovative talents. Members from the team have made outstanding achievements in the Challenge Cup, Internet Plus Competition and China College Students' Entrepreneurship Competition.

Since its debut in international competitions in 2012, Beihang Aeromodelling Team has achieved excellent results consecutively. Besides the championship of the Advanced Class of SAE Aero Design in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019, it also won third place in Air Cargo Challenge 2013, first place in 2014 as well as first place in Challenge 2 and second place in Challenge 3 in 2016 in the British Model Flying Association University and Schools Payload Challenges, and second places in two missions of the AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly Competition in 2015. During the competitions, the exchanges with universities and top aircraft designers around the world help the team members develop their expertise and build up their confidence.

SAE Aero Design is held by the Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE International) and sponsored by famous enterprises in the aviation industry, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, ANSYS, etc. The competition is designed as an opportunity for university students to apply their knowledge to the conception, design, fabrication, test and optimization of radio-controlled aircraft that can complete the missions and to improve their written and oral communication skills. In 2019, it adopted a new theme for the Advanced Class. The teams were required to design a system that could deliver “colonists” (represented by Ping-Pong balls), “habitats” (represented by designated footballs) and “supplies” (represented by water bottles) to the surface of Mars safely.


Reported by Wang Huadong

Reviewed by Liu Yang

Edited by Jia Aiping

Translated by Li Mingzhu