Team: Daniel Escobar, Tyler Sinotte, Peter Oas, Bumseok Lee, Brent Mills, Dylan Jude, William Craig
Challenge: To design an unmanned aircraft capable of hover for a cumulative duration of 24 hours inside three hover stations separated by a distance of 0.54 nm (1 km). The aircraft must be able to withstand a helicopter operating environment throughout the mission duration and carry a simulated passenger weighing 176.4 lb (80 kg).
Team: Lauren Trollinger, Olivia Gonzalez, Yong Su Jung, Timothy Kreutzfeldt, Eliza Perez-Sanchez, Richard Quinones, Luke Smith, Br. Marius Strom
Challenge: To design a hover-capable autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of delivering 500 lb (230 kg) of emergency aid to South American earthquake victims after deployment from the cargo bay of a C-130J Super Hercules.
Team: Stacy Sidle, Christopher Bogdanowicz, Brandon Gudenius, Daigo Shishika, Xing Wang, Justin Winslow
Challenge: To design a small, autonomous aircraft able to provide rapid delivery of small cargos directly to the point of need.
Team: Elena Shrestha, Michael Avera, Camli Badrya, Jonathan Chambers, Tyler Fean, Chin Gian Hooi
Challenge: To design a vertical-take-off-and-landing experimental aircraft with exceptional performance in vertical and cruise flight, and operational capability through transition from vertical to forward flight.
HeliX, 1st Place (2013)
Team: Elizabeth Weiner, Bharath Govindarajan, Nishan Jain, Tejaswi Jarugumilli, Benjamin Jimenez, Zachary Kaler, James Lankford, Erik Levin, Jaime Reel
Challenge: To design a rotorcraft for the purpose of rescuing and providing aid to victims of a natural disaster. This vehicle needs to have a large payload capability and on-board equipment to ensure safe rescues in unpredictable environments.
Team: Anish Sydney, Mathieu Amiraux, Jonathan Elliott, Joseph Schmaus, Conor Stahlhut, William Staruk, Nitin Sydney
Challenge: To design a helicopter for the purpose of air racing in a prescribed pylon course. This helicopter must be capable of high load factors without sacrificing foward speed, fuel efficiency, or safety of the pilot and spectators.
Team: Aaron M. Harrington, Kyle Eide, Tarandeep S. Kalr, Joseph Milluzzo, Pranay Seshadri
Challenge: To design a versatile vertical lift aircraft with exceptional performance in search and rescue, insertion, and resupply missions.
Team: Benjamin Berry, Graham Bowen-Davies, David Mayo, David Pfeifer, Vincent Posbie, Ananth Sridharan
Challenge: To design a dual-aircraft vertical-lift platform able to transport payloads that exceed the current weight capacity of individual rotorcraft, focusing on the system concept – load lifting device(s), control scheme, and multiaircraft system stability – rather than a particular aircraft or payload.
Team: Timothy Lee, Louise Ahure, Alex Ditko, Eric Greenwood, Ria Malhan, Kumar Ravichandran, Anand Saxena
Challenge: To design a non-conventional rotor/drive system for a helicopter, starting from a current, in-service design with MTOW between 3500 and 5500 kgm, and including all necessary subsystems that will endow the new design with improved performance in terms of speed, range, payload, endurance and noise signature.
Team: Brandon Bush, Choong Yun Lee, Jeong Hwan Sa, Cal Sargent, Rick Sickenberger, Monica Syal, Evan Ulrich, Nick Wilson
Challenge: To design an advanced, short-range, medium-speed, transport VTOL concept, capable of operating from an uprepared area, and which minimizes energy consumption and the complete pollution chain throughout the entire life cycle of the aircraft (manufacturing, operation, maintenance and end-of-life recycling), with initial operational capability in 2020.
Team: Benjamin Silbaugh, Smita Bhadra, Joseph Coker, Vikram Hrishikeshavan, Asitav Mishra, Christopher Medic
Challenge: To design an advanced, manned VTOL Approach and Recovery Vehicle (ARV) that is capable of operating from a submersible vehicle in support of Special Operations Forces, and an advanced Unmanned Escort Vehicle that is capable of supporting the operations of the ARV.
Team: Peter Copp, Moble Benedict, Bryant Craig, Brandon Fitchett, Nitin Gupta, Arun Jose, Jishnu Keshavan, Shyam Menon
Challenge: To design a two-seat, single-engine turbine training helicopter with operating characteristics representative of the world's turbine helicopter fleet, while being cost-competitive with current piston-engined training helicopters, along with the conceptual design of a low-cost turbine engine.
Team: Benjamin Hein, Tim Beasman, Anne Brindejonc, Anirban Chaudhuri, Eric Parsons, Nicholas Rosenfeld, Eric Schroeder, Eric Silberg
Challenge: To design a military heavy lift VTOL aircraft that can operate from existing naval ships and transport a 20-ton combat-ready vehicle.
Team: Joshua Ellison, Abhishek Abhishek, Joseph Conroy, Jaye Falls, Shaju John, Robin Preator
Challenge: To design a helicopter for high altitude rescue operations, certified for single pilot, day/night operations with cruise speeds of at least 145 knots.
Team: Shreyas Ananthan, Jayasimha Atulasimha, Aubrey Goodman, Vinit Gupta, Wei Hu, Sudarshana Koushik, Anand Radhakrishnan, Maria Ribera, Celestine Wakha, Joseph Whitt
Challenge: To design a VTOL urban disaster response vehicle for high rise firefighter deployment, rooftop occupant extraction, disaster command and control and other emergency response missions.
Team: Jason Pereira, Felipe Bohorquez, Mustapha Chehab, Ronald Couch, Tracy DuVall, Jacob Park, Beerinder Singh
Challenge: To upgrade and remanufacture a 4-6 place turbine helicopter for commercial applications that can operate at 140 Kt cruise speed and have a range of 400nm.
Team: Matthew Tarascio, Marc Gervais, Gaurav Gopalan, Tim Gowen, Kristi Kleinhesselink, Jun Ma, Kiran Singh, Yong-sheng Zhao
Challenge: To develop a VTOL platform with an innovative method of controlling the cyclic pitch of the rotor blades that does not depend upon the use of a traditional swashplate.
Team: Anubhav Datta, Jinsong Bao, Dan Griffiths, Oivier Gamard, Lin Liu, Greg Pugliese, Beatrice Roget, Jayanarayanan Sitaraman
Challenge: To develop an autonomous rotorcraft for exploration of Mars. The mission was to be a proof-of-concept demonstration for rotary wing flight in the Martian atmosphere.
Team: Nikhil Koratkar, Nicolas Costes, William Horn, Vijay Madhavan, Hun Park, Harsha Prahlad, Paul Samuel, Mark Shaner
Challenge: To develop a high-speed (180-kt cruise), VTOL, 4-6 place, personal transport aircraft, minimizing the the number of man hours required to fabricate the components.
Team: Andreas Bernhard, Jason Kiddy, R. Clifton Moody, Jinwei Shen, Jayant Sirohi, Mao Yang, Hyeonsoo Yeo
Challenge: To develop a modern 12-seat civil VTOL transport rotorcraft with the capability to grow to 19 seats with minimum changes.