Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- October 17, 2000

Cal Poly Aerospace Student Team Wins 1999-2000 Student Aircraft Design Contest

A Cal Poly aerospace engineering team has won first place in the 1999-2000 student design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation.

Cal Poly's Poseidon Design Group won with a plan for the Cyclops, an unmanned aircraft capable of carrying 10 cruise missiles.

Using existing technology, Cyclops combines the idea of an unmanned combat aircraft with the traditional mission of a strategic bomber. With a range of 4,000 nautical miles, it incorporates low-cost, low-risk technology.

"Its simple configuration, high airframe life, and low operating costs should allow Cyclops to operate far into the future, much like the venerable B-52," said team leader Aaron Kutzmann.

Contestants were rated on technical content, organization and presentation, originality, and practical application and feasibility. Students were allowed to compete as individuals or on teams and at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The Poseidon Design Group won in the undergraduate team category.

Team leader Kutzmann, from Fremont, was assisted by fellow aerospace students James B. Bach, Sonora; Russell P. Deedon Redding; Michael C. McDonald, Oak Park; Luis J. Valenzuela, Covina; Justin C. Lawson, Sacramento; Donald B. Stewart, Billings, Mont.; and Lisa M. Barneby, from Las Vegas, Nev.

Club advisors were aerospace lecturer David W. Hall and teaching assistants Aaron Munger and Dan Wait.

Cal Poly aerospace design teams have won first, second, third, and honorable mentions six out of the last eight years of the competition.

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