Welcome to the UWE Aero Society page! We are a society for all students to join who have an interest in the exciting world of aerospace.
We meet every Wednesday 13:00-15:00 in 1N18/1N25.
Over the coming year our society is looking at taking part in several challenges and conducting research into novel flying craft. Most members are also Aerospace Engineering students, but we welcome anyone with a mutual interest in flying.
Main Projects that will run this year 2019/2020:
A Europe wide challenge to build and program a drone to deliver medical supplies completely autonomously. The challenge is set in a shopping mall in Milton Keynes where we need to deliver a medical pack to a given location, the drone must fly without any input from us! This challenge pulls on the programming side of the members so a large overlap with computer science students. Points awarded mainly for speed and reliability. This challenge is currently in progress and takes place September 2019.
Institute of Mechanical Engineers UAS Challenge (UK)
This is a UK wide competition for undergraduates from a variety of universities. The challenge involves undertaking a full design and build cycle before competing in a final “fly off” which is judged during the summer of 2020. The UAV must take-Off, cruise, drop its payload and land completely autonomously.
The benefits of this competition are that you learn the skills to work in the aerospace industry, these skills range from design to manufacturing to avionics. It also puts you out there to businesses such as BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman. A brand-new start will take place this year with a full development schedule and brand new aircraft build.
The overall aim of these competitions is to provide a challenge and engage university student teams in the design, construction, development and demonstration of an Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft.
Design and 3D print your own aircraft!
The society has access to a 3D printer (Prusa mk3s) and started printing flyable aircraft last year, both fixed wing and drone frames. A long running project will be for the society to design (on CAD) and then 3d print an aircraft that will actually fly! A wide opportunity to gain knowledge in CAD, FEA, CFD, 3D printing it will propel you past your peers!
Check out https://3dlabprint.com/ for inspiration.
The Society in General
The society has a relaxed and comfortable feel to it. It is perfect for 1st years as it helps you to learn and develop many of the skills needed in years to come in your course. It also allows you to really see what processes are involved in the Aerospace industry. We also welcome non 1st years to the society that can help in more advanced projects involving industry partners.
We have excellent support of academics that are always keen to be involved in the society and help with any queries that arise. We meet weekly to discuss any upcoming events and developments in projects.
We welcome your project ideas as well! Personal projects that have been run alongside the society last year included prototyping morphing wings, 3D printed aircraft, research into non traditional layouts of quadcopters. Planned projects for next year include continuing research into hybrid drones and direct petrol driven quadcopters with pitch controlled propellers, so if you have your own idea we can help, no matter how weird it might be!