Aerospace Lab Wins First Place in AIAA Graduate Missile Design Competition

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory earned first place in this year’s Graduate Missile Design Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, which was founded in 1992, is a component of the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

The competition, organized annually by the AIAA Technical Committee, requires teams to engage targets at ranges of at least 500 nautical miles in less than 10 minutes in the presence of hypersonic flight speeds. Georgia Tech competed against two other teams from Auburn University and the Naval Post Graduate School.

The Georgia Tech team’s final design uses a three-stage solid rocket ballistic missile that can reach speeds in excess of Mach 6 upon impact. The final design can also launch from naval ships and military aircraft.

The design team, led by Scott Strong, program manager, and William Garrison, chief engineering, consists of Aerospace Engineering graduate students Jeremy Bennetch, Christopher Brenci, Grace Contino, Addison Dunn, Blaine Laughlin and Anthony Piplica. It is advised by Professor Dimitry Mavris, Division Chief Rebecca Douglas and Bradford Roberston, graduate student, of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory.

The team intends to showcase its results at the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force conference later this year. 

Written by Georgia Tech Communication & Marketing Student Media Member Katie McGuire.