The Sky's The Limit
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. The student branch of AIAA at New Mexico State provides aerospace students the opportunity to collaborate with aerospace professionals, visit and tour corporations in the industry, and allow members to compete in competitions. The professional branch of AIAA offers five different competitions as well as a conference where students can win a prize based on the presentation of their research. The NMSU student branch, has two teams participating in separate competitions. The first team, AIAA, is conducting research on building a wind tunnel which they will present to a board of judges. This wind tunnel is made from off-the-shelf supplies and will be solely for student use as the two existing wind tunnels on campus are for professor research or course lab experiments. Through extensive research, analysis, and modeling, the team is building a 1ft by 1ft test section wind tunnel that will give similar results to an industrial wind tunnel. Concurrent with building the wind tunnel, a group of students are also designing sensors and airfoils to use in the wind tunnel to gather test results. We plan to use plywood, acrylic, straws, window screens, miscellaneous hardware, and a ventilation fan to build the wind tunnel. Between manufacturing, parts and conference travel, the wind tunnel team needs to raise $2,000.
The second team will be participating in the Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition. The basis of the competition is for university teams to design, build, and fly a remote-control aircraft that meets the specific requirements. The rules are altered annually which gives students the opportunity to design an entirely new aircraft year after year. The 2020 project goals of the NMSU DBF team includes extensive documentation, aerodynamic analysis, improvement upon our composite manufacturing, and full mission completion. This competition year, the rules have two major design elements — passenger carrying and banner deployment. In this year's competition the team hopes to continue the excellence of last year's detailed design report, complete all three flight missions, and place in the top 30 of the 115 total teams. Between manufacturing tool costs, material, and travel expenses, the DBF team needs to raise a total of $5,000.
AIAA allows participating students the opportunity to make connections in the industry, gain real world industry experience while going to school, and give students resources to prepare and succeed in their professional careers. Your gift, of any amount, will bring us that much closer to allowing our two teams to successfully prepare and compete. Every donation counts. Please make your gift today!