Design Build Fly at UCLA
Design Build Fly (DBF) at UCLA is an interdisciplinary student team dedicated to researching, designing, manufacturing, and flying model aircrafts. Each year, the team constructs an aircraft designed to fit annually changing specifications outlined by the national AIAA Design Build Fly competition. Through this opportunity, aircraft enthusiasts learn hands-on technical and design skills as well as soft skills such as team work, leadership and time management. The education oriented program sets students up for success in future industry and research positions. This past year, DBF built Lazarus, a remote-controlled aircraft made primarily of carbon fiber, spruce, balsa, and plastics with a high wing that can store plastic syringes and individually deploy wooden boxes with 25G sensors. In the competition in Wichita, Kansas, the team placed 6th out of 97 and the overall score was 16th out of 97. DBF at UCLA has been a consistent competitor since 1997.
Signatories: Zehao Rong, Ryan Ricupero, and Chaya Bodnar
Advisor: Orlando Luna
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