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The Competition

Each team of three, supported by an adult sponsor from their school, Air Training Corp squadron or other recognised youth organisation, must submit their final design solution on no more than 5 sides of A4 by 1 June 2017.

The top 12 entries will be selected by a panel of judges, the Challenge Directors. Shortlisted teams will be notified by mid-June and invited to attend a week-long aerospace experience Summer School on Cranfield University campus from 23-28 July 2017.

Shortlisted teams will get the chance to fly and to gather flight data on-board the National Flying Laboratory’s Jetstream ‘flying classroom’. They will also take part in practical design and management exercises as well as experiencing indoor sky diving. Presentations from guest experts and other visits make the week a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities available in aerospace.

Individual team performance at Cranfield will count towards the overall selection of the winning teams. The teams will receive their prizes (£3,000 for the winners and £1,000 each to the two runners up) at a formal Awards Ceremony/Reception on Monday 20 November 2017, at the prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers headquarters in Central London. The teams present their designs to a distinguished audience of aerospace industry professionals – the Royal Air Force Chief of Air Staff will be the guest of honour and will present the awards. The winning team will also receive the Schools Aerospace Challenge Trophy, presented by Cranfield University.

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