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What is AIAA DBF?

The AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) DBF (Design Build Fly) challenge is an engineering competition. This international event requires students to design an unmanned aircraft that accomplishes missions that change every year. This includes preliminary designing, manufacturing, and airframe testing within the span of approximately 7 months. In the Spring, teams around the world compete (upon invitation) in either Wichita, KS or Tucson, AZ.

Each year, 300+ teams worldwide submit their design reports- about a third of them are invited to compete and even fewer successfully complete all three missions. In 2019, ERAU Prescott placed 25th at competition in Tuscon!

2020 Rules

Link to the AIAA DBF rules