After being placed in the list of top 3 teams for their proposal for engine design competition with the purpose of designing engines for a hybrid electric medium altitude long endurance search and rescue UAV, the Faras team now has won the first place of this competition upon the presentation of their design at the 2019 AIAA forum. Faras team is the first Iranian team to win a top place in the AIAA competition.
The main objectives of the competition were to design an engine for a future version of the hybrid electric search and rescue UAV, with an entry-into-service date of 2025. The future flight envelope should have rangeed from take-off at static sea-level conditions to cruise at 12,500 feet/220 KTAS. The endurance was expected to be extended by reducing the fuel consumption and minimizing engine mass. And the engine was expected to provide a 25% fuel savings to reach a 20+ hour loiter at 7,000ft / 190 KTAS for a long endurance search.
It took the Faras team 10 months to complete and submit their proposal in which the power-to-weight is increased by 67%, 31% fuel saving is provided, and engine mass is reduced by 35% compared with the existing models.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. The AIAA is the U.S. representative on the International Astronautical Federation and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences. In 2015, it had more than 30,000 members among aerospace professionals worldwide.
The AIAA was founded in 1963 from the merger of two earlier societies: the American Rocket Society (ARS), founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society (AIS), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (IAS), founded in 1932 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. Paul Johnston was the first executive director of the organization. Jim Harford took his seat after 18 months. The newly-formed structure gathered 47 technical committees and one broad technical publication, the AIAA Journal. The AIAA Student Journal was also launched in 1963. The merger also led to the sale of the organizations’ former headquarter buildings, and the relocation in the Sperry Rand Building.
In 1967, the Technical Committee on Space and Atmospheric Science launched a study to capture the opinion of its members in California on the UFO phenomenon.
In April 2017, John Langford, CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, was elected President of the AIAA.
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