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Interested in aerospace design and manufacturing? Want to participate in competitions and science missions? Join one of our aerospace teams to meet like-minded students. Together, our teams work on rockets, satellites, RC controlled planes, and autonomous drones.
Through SOAR, I have met so many amazing people, gained technical engineering experience and learned about the aerospace industry. SOAR has elevated my engineering education by allowing me to use my classroom knowledge as a foundation, and enhancing it with hands on experience.
Propulsion Team, SOAR
The Student Organization for Aerospace Research (SOAR) is a student club focused on involving students in major aerospace projects. The team focuses on designing, building, testing, and flying high level aerospace missions. It consists of almost 100 students and is supported by graduate, academic, and industry advisors. SOAR members are multidisciplinary from engineering, science, and art departments. The two main divisions of SOAR are Rockets and Satellites. The Rockets division is focused on designing, building, testing, and flying high powered sounding rockets at international competitions. Competitions include the Spaceport America Cup, an international competition hosted in New Mexico, and Launch Canada, a Canadian-based rocket competition. The Satellite Division is working on launching a 3-unit CubeSat into space, carrying research payloads built in UCalgary labs. The 2 year mission is now prototyping and beginning manufacturing.
Schulich Aero Design
Schulich Aerodesign competes in the annual SAE Aero Design Competitions, which annually hosts 75 teams from around the world who come to fly their planes. In this competition, engineering students design, build, and fly a heavy-lift remote controlled aircraft. Students are challenged to develop the best aircraft within the competition constraints on vehicle dimensions, electric motor power, and material selection. Through this competition, students develop their engineering skills in aerodynamic and structural design, and learn hands on skills in project management and manufacturing. In order to develop an effective aircraft, students are required to validate analytical and computational models against actual performance measured by testing and experimentation. Hosted by SAE and Lockheed Martin, the competition provides students with the opportunity to network with aerospace industry professionals and other students who will go on to work in the aerospace industry.
Schulich UAV is a student-run engineering club at the University of Calgary that focuses on contributing to the field of unmanned aviation by participating in design projects and collegiate competitions. The team provides its members with the essential resources and education to research, design, and manufacture autonomous aircraft using advanced materials and technologies. This involves implementing software and electronics solutions to custom-make aircrafts designed to fulfill mission requirements. The mechanical, electrical, software, and business sub-teams work in conjunction to successfully compete at the highest level at international competitions.
Schulich UAV leads in the development of emerging autonomous aircraft design as a top undergraduate design team (winners at SAE AeroConnect 2020 and 2021). The team participates in multiple competitions in a year and has worked on projects related to wildlife conservation, payload delivery, wildfire surveillance, and urban air mobility.