Participation in International Competition on Future Flight Design, Istanbul, Turkey
A team NUSTAG comprised of Assistant Prof. M. Saif Ullah Khalid, NS Ahmed Tauqeer, NS Haseeb Chaudhry, NS Nouman Khalid, NS Kashif Ali, NS Nouman Ali and NS Muzammil Khalil from Department of Mechanical Engineering, NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering represented NUST in International Competition on Future Flight Design, held at Hezarfen Airfield, Istanbul, Turkey on May 10-12, 2013. This competition was organized by Turkish Air-Force Academy. The theme of the competition was based upon modularity. The competition was based upon report writing and three missions. NUSTAG Team stood 2nd in report writing by scoring 85.3 marks out of 100. They claimed 5th position in the overall competition competing with 23 teams from Turkey, Romania and other European countries. The project was sponsored by NUST Main Office by providing a grant of 0.6 Million PKR. Despite having a lower budget as compared to that of other international competitors, team NUSTAG prepared two working models of participating airplanes and passed technical inspection tests successfully. Technical inspection included structural strength, proper location for center of gravity, fail-safe test and electric connections for controlling airplane's surface for maneuverability. Considering a constraint on weight and theme of competition, airplane was built from lighter materials like wood and thermopol. An 11-channel radio controller was used to control the airplane during flight. In mission 1, airplane had to fly through a profile defined by organizers in the airfield. For mission 2, payloads were required to be attached with the airplane while taking care of all the points in the technical inspection test. In mission 3, targets had to be dropped from the carrier in certain areas. Team NUSTAG performed well in all these three missions and brought laurels for Pakistan and their parent institute, National University of Sciences & Technology, NUST. This project will help design unmanned aerial vehicles for civil and military application like traffic monitoring and area surveillance etc. Important projects under this title are already being supervised by the faculty in NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Rawalpindi.