The Advanced Class competition is designed to emphasize a synthesis of aerospace technology with electrical and electronic technology. The aircraft require electrical and electronic systems other than those simply required for the aircraft to fly. Data acquisition systems, altimetry, braking, and First-Person View (FPV) camera systems are a few of the current and past electrical and electronic systems required.
The 2012 – 2015 period requires teams to design aircraft that provide a real-time, First-Person View video feed to the ground, have the ability to accurately monitor and record elevation with a maximum error of one foot (1ft), and are capable of carrying and accurately dropping a three pound (3 lb) humanitarian aid package from a minimum of one-hundred feet (100 ft) off the ground. Though the class is primarily focused on mission success, students will need to perform trade studies to optimize the empty weight of the aircraft as there is a deduction to points awarded for aircraft that weigh more than eight pounds (8 lb) empty.
Regular class will be divided into 3 phases as follows
Phase 1: Technical Report: Teams will electronically submit their proposals for competition detailing how their design has met or exceeded the design requirements.
Phase 2: Technical Presentation and Inspection: Teams will present a technical briefing on the proposed concept demonstrator. Teams will be subjected to a technical inspection of aircraft to make sure concept demonstrator will match design proposal, comply with design requirements and adhere to safety practices.
Phase 3: Flight Competition: Demonstrate aircraft can perform mission