The Design Build Fly (DBF) Iowa State team is a student organization at Iowa State University that focuses on designing, building, and flying remote-controlled aircraft.

The DBF Iowa State team participates in the annual AIAA Design Build Fly competition, which challenges teams from around the world to design and build a radio-controlled aircraft that can perform a set of missions. The competition is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their engineering courses to a real-world problem.

The DBF Iowa State team plans to compete in the 2023 Design Build Fly competition and plan to use this semester to best prepare our team when we compete.

The DBF Iowa State team is not just about winning competitions; it also focuses on promoting aerospace engineering and STEM education. The team conducts outreach activities, such as visiting local high schools and hosting workshops, to inspire the next generation of engineers and promote an interest in aeronautics and astronautics through the AIAA student chapter.

February Update

A month and a half since changing project. Check out some of our work and plans.

Change in Project

The Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone (GLEE) was too ambitious at its current state. It may have been deemed more feasible and realistic to focus on a project that is more achievable in the short term, such as Design Build Fly. With poor communication from organisers, it became hard to maintain a class based project in M:2:I. We look forward to a new adventure. Design Build Fly is also a more suitable and relevant project for the participants’ interests and expertise in aerospace engineering. The competition provides a platform for students to apply their skills and knowledge to real-world challenges and gain practical experience in designing, building, and testing aircraft.