With the number of annual air travelers predicted to increase from 3.8 to 7.2 billion by 2035, scientists and designers around the world have been racing to create sleeker, faster, and more fuel efficient planes.
This was the motivation behind the United Technologies Aerospace Challenge, which prompted bright young minds around the world to band together to design innovative and feasible solutions to upgrade modern aircraft.
The winning team — called “The Future of Aviation”—consists of four high school students from Mozambique, Egypt, Singapore and the U.K. The group collaborated remotely to design a more aerodynamic and fuel efficient plane that enhances the overall customer experience.
The team won a trip to the United States, where they got the chance to visit United Technologies’ Additive Manufacturing Center of Expertise (AMCoE) located inside the Research Center in East Hartford, CT, and learn more about some of UTC’s exciting research projects.
Click here to read more about the team’s winning design.
Lawrence Binek, principal engineer for the additive manufacturing core technology group at the AMCoE, teaches the students about additive manufacturing.
Students build a model of their winning design using additive technology.
Students had the opportunity to explore a Pratt & Whitney engine through virtual reality.
The students stopped by the Drone Zone to fly quadcopters.
Jim Fritz, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Collins Aerospace and a judge for the competition, hosted a Lunch & Learn with the students in the CTO’s office space titled The Faraday Cage.
Wondering who the photobomber is on the wall? That’s Hippolyte Pixii, who built an early form of alternating current electrical generator, based on the principle of electromagnetic induction discovered by Michael Faraday.