RELEASE NO. 02-067
|For Release: July 26, 2002|
Student aviation design competition winners named
NASA and the FAA honored students from seven universities today as winners of the 2002 University Student Competition, an annual competition created to foster student interest in revolutionizing general aviation. Winning projects were recognized at an awards ceremony at the annual Experimental Aircraft Associations AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, WI.
Senior representatives from the NASA Langley Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Office and the FAA presented the awards on behalf of NASAs General Aviation Programs Office, Langley Research Center and the FAA.
The nationwide competition is part of a government effort to stimulate technology breakthroughs and their application to general aviation. General aviation aircraft are generally defined as single or twin-engine, single-pilot, fixed-wing aircraft. This year, students were challenged to pursue innovative systems and technology concepts in support of NASAs Small Aircraft Transportation Systems (SATS) research program.
In the Systems Innovation category:
In the Technology Innovation category:
All winners received a cash award, a commemorative trophy for their institutions and certificates of appreciation. Two students from the winning Kansas State team were awarded internships, which they are serving at NASA Langley this summer, in conjunction with the centers Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) program.
The 2003 competition will be broadened to include a separate high school division and include categories beyond general aviation. The all-new Revolutionary Vehicle Concepts and Systems Competition will be sponsored by the NASA Office of Aerospace Technology, and NASA Langley and Glenn Research Centers. NASA Langleys Vehicle Systems Technology Office will lead the effort. Details will be available Aug. 15 at http://avst.larc.nasa.gov.
For images of this years Technology Innovation winning designs, visit http://oea.larc.nasa.gov/news_rels/2002/images/designcomp.html.
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