At the Techfest event of IIT Bombay that concluded on 28th December the AeroMIT team from the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) won the honours once again. The team bagged the first position at the Boeing National Aeromodelling Competition from West Zone.
Manipal University issued a press release stating that the team overcame stiff competition from the other 37 teams that included teams from IITs and NITs. AeroMIT also secured second position in the Aviator Design Competition presented by the Airbus Group.
In the words of Aniruddha Poddar, the team leader,” These performances have added yet another feather in the AeroMIT’s cap, and motivates us to keep Manipal Institute of Technology and Manipal University’s name flying high.”
The AeroMIT team would be next competing in a national level competition in IIT Delhi and then also in an international event in March 2016 organized by Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE AeroDesign in Fort Worth Texas in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.
AeroMIT is a team of young 20 plus interdisciplinary enthusiasts who design, build, test and fly radio-controlled aircrafts. The team includes Anshul Sharma-Structures Subsystem Head; Anuj Arora-Aerodynamics Subsystem Head; Achyuth Vishwamitra-Electronics Subsystem Head and Twinkle Kothari, Dheer Verma, Arunabha Bhattacharya, Arjit Seth, Siddharth Shukla, Sristhi Chitturu, Aditya Dogra, Hariharan Venkatesh, Akshina Soni, Udayan Shloke, Rhea Matthews, Ayush Verma, Gaurav Rajput, Prateek Khandekar.
Mr. Anurabha Bhattacharya, who is a fourth year Electronics and Communication Engineering student, piloted the plane named Maatal in the Boeing National Event. In the Aviator Design Event, the plane called Platypus was piloted by Mr. Anirudha Poddar who is a third year Civil Engineering student of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.
Boeing and Aerotrix were the organizers of the event. The teams had to perform skilful aerobatic manoeuvres that included passing through small entry and exit gates, spot landings and a precision payload drop that carried the maximum points.
AeroMIT outperformed the other teams in the event and was one of the few teams to secure the extremely challenging payload drop (dropping a dead mass within a circle of three-metre diameter).
The AeroMIT team once again outdid the other teams in the Aviator Design competition where they were required to design and build a light weight airplane to carry the maximum payload possible all the while still being stable in flight to complete the manoeuvres set by the organizers, with precision. The spot landing carried the maximum marks in which the AeroMIT team outclassed the other teams.
According to the release, the team secured the second position among the 76 participants due to careful designing, skilful building and trained flying.