Amateur Bobsled Races/HPVC Teaser

Most ASME Human Powered Vehicle events are held on college campuses (campi?),business parks, closed-off roads or an out-of-the-way Indianapolis track that hosts a race every Memorial Day weekend.

The Hellyer County Park Velodrome, San Jose, CA is the site of next weekend’s ASME West Coast Competition, and if this video is any indication there’s a troubling resemblance to southern-style bootlegger’s racin’.

At the 1:05 mark S&T shows how it’s done. Thirty seconds later see how it’s not done.

Peter Freiberger’s carbon-fiber masterpiece BANSHEE performed beautifully in Orlando last week until it became “Trike? Meet hay bales. Hay bales? Meet trike.” Collisions and rollovers cost BANSHEE a tie-rod end, steering column and a connecting rod, but the vehicle’s lightweight but incredibly strong fairing (and rider) came out with nary a scratch.

Repairs and realignment should be finished this weekend for the westward journey, and BANSHEE should do beautifully.

Time To Get Civil.

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S&T has two civil engineering-focused design teams, and both hit the road exactly one week from now. Steel Bridge packs up a 1/10th –scale bridge that is assembled by just three students in a race against the clock, then has to support 2,500 … [Continue reading]

Just Because They Are Pedal-Powered, Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Wreck.

If this were the "professional" media we'd rely on a bunch of tweets/twits and not pay anyone to write viable content. Instead we'll plagiarize* email observations from people who know something about last weekend's Human Powered Vehicle … [Continue reading]

Planespotting

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It's somehow appropriate that if you build a car that can really fly, you take it to an airport. S&T's world-renown Formula SAE team has long had trouble finding nice, clean concrete or asphalt acreage on which to gather data about the car's … [Continue reading]

Red Rover, Red Rover, Send The Martians On Over….

Monday morning the Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) work area/stall was quiet; too quiet. Just ten days (and counting) until the public Rover unveiling/naming celebration, you'd think MRDT would be in final/frantic crunch mode; repairing the … [Continue reading]

Odds ‘n Ends from SAE Aero 2014…

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Karma: If you cloak your plane in secrecy convinced another team will steal your design, don’t crash twice. Think about it; every team spent a year developing and testing their design. It’s hardly likely they’ll copy your aircraft in two hours and … [Continue reading]

Former Big 12 Schools Participate in SAE Aero West

The Texas A&M Aggies…… Sharing S&T's hanger, Mizzou … [Continue reading]

Missouri S&T – 2, The Rest Of The World – 1.

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Two years ago SAE International* laid out a challenge; develop, produce and operate a small aircraft capable of dropping emergency equipment and supplies to areas in great need. Through two international competitions not one of the nearly fifty … [Continue reading]

Plenty Of Great Crashes Last Weekend, But……….

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The prize for the sturdiest plane and most determined pilot goes to IPN-ESEMAN UP of Ticoman, Mexico. The plane plowed through an orange safety cone while airborne, rose into the sky as if nothing happened, slammed to the dirt and clawed its … [Continue reading]

No Team Had Ever Succeeded. Until Today.

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This event is not about flying radio-controlled aircraft; plenty of hobbyists do that every weekend. It’s about pulling together complex systems to solve a daunting technical problem spec’d out by SAE International. Fly a lightweight plane. … [Continue reading]