Between November 1st and the 4th, more than 1,400 students from Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, the US and Canada participated in the SAE Brazil AeroDesign and compete to design and build radio controlled airplanes. The competition took place at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, in São José dos Campos (SP).
The competition is a showcase for companies seeking young talent and an opportunity for students focused on aerospace engineering to gain valuable experience. The 14th edition of the SAE Brazil AeroDesign competition is focused on the development of radio controlled airplanes. 98 teams from Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, USA and Canada participated in the event between the 1st and 4th of November. 10 students from the second and third year courses in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Production Engineering from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi joined the competition.
"The championship is the focused on the art of creating a project and a model that flies with maximum possible load. Like in real life aviation, there are no margins for error. It is the first time that Anhembi Morumbi has participated in the event and our students, who are part of the ‘Aeroducas' team, created a prototype for the Regular category, called “Duca I", explained Professor Carlos Carneiro, group advisor and course coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering: Renewable and Clean Energy at Anhembi Morumbi.
This is a controlled model, made of balsa wood (which is ideal for the construction of model aircraft). It is 1.5 meters long and has a 3 meter wingspan. It weighs 4 kg and can carry a load of up to 7 kg. Large companies are always looking at teams and a large number are recruited from this event," adds Carneiro.
At the end of the event, the two teams from the Regular Class, one team from the Advanced Class and one team from the Micro Class, who obtained the best scores, earned the right to represent Brazil in SAE Aerodesign East Competition in 2013 in the U.S.
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.