NAU SAE AERO Regular 2019-2020
The Ponderosa Pilots

The SAE Aero Design competition aims to challenge undergraduate and graduate engineering students to design, manufacture, and test a payload-carrying aircraft. As participants of this competition, this team will design and construct an electric aircraft limited to 1 Kw. Our aircraft will represent NAU in the annual SAE competition. The objective of this competition is to successfully complete flights while carrying various payloads. The payloads consist of soccer balls, and steel plates. Primary stakeholders of this project include the university, the NAU College of Engineering, project sponsors, and the student team members.

The competition

Following is the original project description provided by SAE
The SAE Aero Design competition is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-world design challenge. These rules were developed and designed by industry professionals with the focus on educational value and hands-on experience through exposure to today’s technical and technology advancement. These rules were designed to compress a typical aircraft development program into one calendar year, taking participants through the system engineering process of breaking down requirements. It will expose participants to the nuances of conceptual design, manufacturing, system integration/test, and sell-off through demonstration.The Regular Class is an all-electric class intended to develop a fundamental understanding of aircraft design.

Scoring: The team is scored on three criteria

The Design Report