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MU squad soars into ASME Student Design Competition

The University of Missouri American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Design Competition team hit the road for a trip to Madison, Wis., to show off its skills against 21 other teams at the end of March. The goal for the 2014 competition was to create a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry cargo through two gates, drop its payload and return to the starting point.

Copter

The TC-1 hexacopter’s blades had a little bit of added MU flair at the ASME Student Design competition. Photo by Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan Jennings, president of the MU chapter of the ASME said the team had a great weekend building and testing its hexacopter — named the Truman Copter (or TC) 1 — and all the other events and atmosphere the conference had to offer.

The MU team’s hexacopter, complete with tiger-stripe blades, carried 11.69 pounds of payload, flying at a 2-to-1 thrust-to-weight ratio.

The teams also had the opportunity to tour the campus of EPIC Systems, which makes software for medical groups, hospitals and integrated health care organizations. The campus sits on 950 acres in nearby Verona, Wis., and is designed to look like a farm on the exterior while housing several different buildings, many of which have unique themes all their own.

“It was a really awesome campus,” Jennings said. “It was creative. Everything about it was out of this world. … [Buildings themes included] deep space, streets of New York, heaven, Andromeda, barnyard, creamery, stable and shed. They had one that was “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.”