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Virginia Tech Student Team Wins NASA Competition
July 23, 2008

A team of six undergraduate aerospace engineering students from Virginia Tech earned first place honors with their entry of STINGRAE in the 2008 NASA Aircraft Design Competition sponsored by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s Fundamental Aeronautics Program, part of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

The six College of Engineering students were
Bakar Bey of Richmond, Va.;
Michael Fifer of Bristol, Va.;
Jon Frankenfield of Virginia Beach, Va.;
Michael Lauire of Chapel Hill, N.C.;
Stephen Pace of Blacksburg, Va.; and
Cabin Samuels of Burke, Va.

They were advised by Yan-Yee Andy Ko who worked as an adjunct faculty member in the aerospace and ocean engineering department at Virginia Tech.

The contest asked students to create a future subsonic transport aircraft that could carry up to 50,000 pounds, operate on runways between 1,500 and 3,000 feet and cruise at speeds between 595 and 625 mph — about the average speed of airliners today. The competition also stressed that concept planes should use alternative fuels and be quieter and more environmentally friendly than today’s commercial fleet.

The judges graded the designs on criteria including creativity and imagination, feasibility and cost analysis, and comprehensive discussion of design concept.

View a complete list of winners of the college contest online.

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