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16 Teams Selected for Annual DBVF Competition
  • 16 Jan 2024 04:19 AM
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16 Teams Selected for Annual DBVF Competition

In October, VFS selected 16 universities to compete in the fourth annual Design–Build–Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The 16 academic teams involved in the competition represent universities located in 12 US states, plus Canada, India and Malaysia. The selection marks the largest number of academic teams to participate in the DBVF Competition since VFS launched the event in 2020.

The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) drone competition seeks to encourage interest in uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) technology, and small air vehicle design and fabrication. The competition is designed to develop hands-on skills and familiarization with eVTOL and advanced air mobility (AAM) technology at the university student level, helping to prepare the next generation of engineers and leaders to push the limits of this exciting technology. The 16 selected teams are:

  • Auburn University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cooper Union for Advancement of Science & Art
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kumaraguru College of Technology, India
  • McGill University
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University Putra Malaysia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

The final selected teams will compete head-to-head in a flyoff at Harford Airport in Churchville, Maryland, from April 10–12, 2024. SURVICE Engineering is hosting the DBVF flyoff via its Applied Technology Operation (ATO) facility for the second year in a row.

VFS will award a total of $5,000 to the highest-scoring teams next spring, following the fly-off. VFS is grateful for the support of Supernal, a leading developer of eVTOL aircraft, and a Gold- level sponsor of this year’s competition. Other sponsorship opportunities are available; to learn more, go to www.vtol.org/fly.


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