Momentum - February 2021 - 7

FEATURE

Student Generation

" DOWN TO THE
LAST DETAIL "
Using rigorous analysis,
simulation, and testing criteria, a
student team from the University
of Calgary topped the field at
the inaugural SAE AeroConnect
Challenge in 2020.

Shown is the Schulich UAV team's unmanned aerial vehicle that was originally designed for maritime rescue, surveillance, and remote monitoring
applications. The design of this aircraft was modified for better performance and used to develop new surveillance and communication systems for the SAE
AeroConnect Challenge. Fabrication of the UAV was sponsored by ICARUS Aerospace.
IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF MARCH, and we
(members of Schulich UAV, a team from the
University of Calgary) were less than a week
away from flying out to California to attend the
inaugural SAE AeroConnect Challenge. It was our
first year competing at an SAE event, and we
didn't know what to expect once we got there.
Nevertheless, we were excited to see how we
would fare on an international stage. Confident
we could win big, we packed our bags and raced
to put finishing touches on our presentation
when we were suddenly stopped in our tracks by
the emergence of a new pandemic. The
competition-and our hopes of winning-had just
been suspended. 
While nothing could have fully prepared us for
the pandemic, we did our best to adapt to the
circumstances. The competition had been moved
online, and we faced our own challenges with
trying to meet, work, and compete in this new
virtual environment. Despite the changes, our
approach to solving problems had remained the
same throughout the year. We would always start
by asking difficult questions and went searching
for detailed answers. Looking back, it was this
very attitude that had led to most of our growth
and success as a team. In fact, it was a seemingly

MOMENTUM

The SAE AeroConnect Challenge is a design-only collegiate competition, but the Calgary
team had already built a drone (shown) for a university capstone project.

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