Let your Dreams Take Flight : UDAAN Orientations
K Aditya | Aug 12, 2019
Don’t ever let a fear of falling keep you from knowing the joys of flight - Lane Wallace
Aeromodelling is the activity involving design, development and flying of small air vehicles. It is a very exciting and interesting way to learn, apply and understand science and engineering principles. Although Aeromodelling looks like a lot of Aerospace/ Aeronautical engineering topic, it involves a lot of interdisciplinary concepts from various streams of engineering - primarily Aerospace/ Aeronautical, Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical and Computer Science. Aeromodelling gives a good understanding of the roles each of these engineering skills play in the real aircraft industry and provides enormous opportunities to develop innovative thinking and implementation. For those who have a passion for building aircraft and extensively studying the subjects of aerodynamics and aeromodelling, their search ends at Udaan Club.
Udaan is the official aeromodelling club of NIT Rourkela and one of the oldest clubs of the technical society of SAC, founded in 2002.
The club conducted its orientations on 8th of August, 2019. The orientation program kick-started at 5:30 PM, with the club members acknowledging the students about the various club activities and about the intriguing topics like construction and modelling of aircraft, the aerodynamics of flying objects. The students also got a sneak peek of the various workshops that were organised by the club last year like RC plane, RC hovercraft, RC boat, Boomerang and catapult glider. All of this was followed by an interaction session with the students in which the students got all their curiosities solved and engaged actively with the club members discussing various topics related to aerodynamics and aircraft modelling.
This year the club aims to carry out four important projects namely VTOL (Vertical Take-Off Landing), Quadcopter, RC Hovercraft and RC Plane. The students showed a great deal of interest to know about these projects and asked various questions related to the projects.
The journey of the club and its story of successes and failures was shown to the students in the form of a demonstrative video. The video basically, comprised the hardships they had to overcome while preparing for the competition at IIT Kanpur. The RC Plane made by the students of the club was demonstrated and the working of its various parts was explained.
A very enthralled and quizzical student named Alok Otta was very ebullient about getting inducted in the club and told Monday Morning that-
I am really excited to get into this. And I expect that by joining the club, I can be able to create a model aeroplane and take part in overseas competitions. The exhibition of various models that were shown in the presentation and also the fact that balsa wood, which is a very rare and expensive material would be used in designing the models is what intrigued me.
The inductions were held the next day and the turnout was a decent one with around 40 students.
Team Monday Morning congratulates Udaan club for having a successful show in the orientation and inductions and wishes good luck to the club and its members for their future endeavours.