Technion students test flight pilotless vehicle_390.
(photo credit: Courtesy Technion )
A pilotless plane with a wingspan of 1.9 meters and weighing four kilograms –
built by aeronautical and space engineering students at the Technion- Israel
Institute of Technology – won first place on Thursday at a Tel Aviv aviation and
space conference. Recently, the same entry took the top prize in the recent US
Design- Build-Fly competition for large and small flying vehicles and eighth
place in the general competition against 87 other teams.
supervised by Israel Aircraft Industries engineer Shlomo Tzach, were the best in
the students’ project competition at the 25th Israeli Conference for Aviation
and Space, which opened in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and moved to the Technion campus
in Haifa on Wednesday. The US conference was organized by the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the main organization dealing with the
development of aviation technology and infrastructure.
contributed a lot to the aviation engineering students, especially in their
professional career. It was carried out like an IAI project, with purchasing,
logistics, coordination and a working plan that updated weekly,” said Tzach, who
graduated from the Technion in 1970 and has been working for the IAI for 42
years. He has trained hundreds of engineering students.
generation is not less talented than the one before it. A group that
carries out such a project knows what development is.”
Five Israel Air
Force soldiers – Ya’acov Ben Shushan, Yossi Yoresh, Gal Klein, Yitzhak Shiroki
and Itai Strauss – received the Niv-Ya Dorban Prize at the conference for the
most outstanding article, which focused on a mathematical solution to the
behavior of aviation cables in various situations.
The same team tried to
simulate the dynamics of cable behavior, such as a cable used when a plane
refuels during flight, an Electric Company cable, the lowering of an anchor in
flowing water or even a civilian flight cable that meets interference in the
air. The team examined how the cables reacted to disturbances and how to
“One of our aims was to see at what speeds planes can be
refueled in the air,” they said.
Each team member received a NIS 1,000
prize, which was named for the IAF officer Niv- Ya Dorban, who was murdered nine
years ago by a thief on a quiet Tel Aviv street. His parents, Rahel and Prof.
David Dorban of the Technion, set up a fund in his memory to encourage the
writing of articles on innovation and initiative in the field in which their son
Every year, the TechnoRosh competition at the Technion is held
for engineering students who carry out unusual feats after building objects.