Design/Synthesis symposium

Aerospace Engineering students finish their Bachelor through a flying pilot shuttle, hydro-electric helicopter and extendable aircraft

News - 12 July 2019

Is it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by adapting the size of an aircraft to the number of passangers? How can school children design a nano satellite that will actually be launched to the Moon? 23 teams of third year BSc students Aerospace Engineering will answer these and other questions during the  Design/Synthesis symposium on 4 July 2019. They will present the aircraft or spacecraft designs they made to conclude their Bachelor programme to an international jury and to their own family and friends.

Design/Synthesis Exercise:

Twice a year groups of 3rd year Bachelor students present the results of ten intense weeks of designing an aircraft or spacecraft. All designs are judged by an international jury of experts, this year including an expert from Airbus. With this Design/Synthesis exercise the students conclude their BSc programme Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. The students have to prove they are capable of designing an aircraft or spacecraft, working together in a team of ten students in a multidisciplinary environment. They have to give special attention to the aspect of sustainable development. The Design/Synthesis exercise has already lead to ground breaking designs, such as the human powered submarine Wasub, DelFly, a micro aerial vehicle that uses the flying technique of a dragon fly, and the Roboswift, a robot swallow with wings that can change shape. This year’s winning design is Group 8, Demonstrator for Airbreathing Electrostatic Propulsion, Earth Observation Satellite.  

More information:

For further information about the  symposium and the Design/Synthesis exercise, please contact Joris Melkert, lecturer Aerospace Engineering, 06-49634441 of