CAIRO – A team of students from Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering has ranked first in the first phase of the 2019 AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, organized annually by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
“This was a fierce and difficult competition as we competed with very prestigious universities around the world, and so to rank first place is an important achievement,” Ahmed Hisham told Egyptian Streets, a student part of Cairo University’s team, Egyptian Streets reported Tuesday.
“The field of aerospace engineering is also not very developed in Egypt and so this should encourage others in it to advance and grow.”
The achievement was made earlier this week in the first phase of the competition, which involves submitting a proposal of how the aerospace would be manufactured.
The first phase saw competition from more than 140 prestigious universities participating including Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Out of 113 teams qualified to the final phase, the Egyptian team came first.
The final phase scheduled for mid-April 2019.
Every year, student teams design, fabricate and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an electric powered aircraft to meet the specified mission assigned by the competition.
The goal is to create an aircraft with excellent flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements as well as a high vehicle performance.