We participate in the SAE Aero Design Competition every year, where we compete with 40+ international teams in two of the Micro, Regular and Advanced class categories. Each category of competition presents a unique aviation challenge, requiring students to find an optimal configuration while conforming to the tight design limitations. UBCAD has achieved 20+ top placements in its history, proving our team's technical capabilities.
The two classes “Micro Class” and “Advanced Class” are merely names and do not indicate that one class is more difficult than the other, and the classes are also not targeted towards different seniorities. Their only differences are the competition missions and rules:
Focuses on system integrations, which involve the sensors & control and software subteams whom contribute to the custom-built electronics and avionics system.
Conflicting requirements, such as carrying the highest payload, while simultaneously pursuing the lowest empty weight possible.
There are many opportunities for members to gain experiences, whether it be related to their subteam, technological facilities, industry tours, networking events, and more. We also encourage leads and members to pursue personal projects of their own.
Through sponsors, member internship and co-ops, and other connections, we have been invited to tour facilities of leaders in engineering.
Wind tunnel testing involves placing models of airfoils in a controlled airflow environment to simulate their performance in real flight conditions. This crucial step allows engineers to assess aerodynamic behaviors, refine designs, and optimize performance before actual flights.