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Fed up of raw speed? Do you ever imagine the world in slow motion? Do you like to do conventional things in an unconventional way?

Then you have landed at the right place.

Intense competition, soaring enthusiasm, giant crowds, and technological marvels of the 21st century competing neck and neck to be the best, only briefly describe the event Swat Kats - a competition between radio controlled aircrafts trying to do their best in an innovative challenge where it’s not raw speed, power or agility that matters, but the genius of the designer and the brilliance of the flyer. In today’s world where most aero modelling competitions are based on how fast the aircraft can go or how well it can manoeuvre, we have forgotten the importance of stability and control.

Swat Kats aims to test exactly those aspects by asking the participants to fly over a given path as slow as they can.

All you budding Aeromodelers out there! What are you guys waiting for? Come and feel the difference here at Quark 2010!

Problem Statement

Design and fly a wireless Remote Controlled Aircraft with a minimum wingspan of 60 cm and a maximum weight of 700 grams and is capable of:

  1. Flying along a straight path of length 150 m for a MAXIMUM possible time.
  2. Landing as close as possible to a particular reference point.

Arena Specifications

  1. Launching Zone: Participants will have to hand-launch their glider from the launching zone. The launching zone would be a circle of 5m radius.
  2. Path to be followed: The path is a straight line  of length 150 m with 5 m of allowance on either side.
  3. Landing zone: A circle of 5 m radius.

Machine Specifications

  1. An aircraft is defined as an object that has the four forces of flight, namely lift, drag, weight (gravity) and thrust due to propeller acting on it at any point of time.
  2. The potential difference, between any two points on the machine, must be lower than or equal to 12V (recommended voltages 7.2V, 7.4V, 8.4V, 9.6V, 11.4V or 12V) at any point of time during the competition.
  3. The use of launching mechanisms is prohibited,the aircraft should be hand launched.
  4. The use of IC engines is prohibited. Only electrical motors are allowed.
  5. The weight of aircraft should not exceed  700 gm. Points will be deducted for aircrafts weighing above this limit depending on by how much they exceed the limit.
  6. The participants are free to use the materials of their choice. However the use of Balsa wood or foam (sun board) or sun pack is advisable. Balsa wood is light, easy to handle and  fabricates the Aircraft making it the best choice.
  7. Participants must make all parts of the aircraft themselves. Usage of Ready-to-Fly (RTF) and Almost-Ready-to-Fly (ARF) kits is strictly prohibited. However, the kit comprising of unassembled cut-pieces of Balsa wood is allowed. Also use of readymade actuators/motors, remote controls and propellers is allowed.
  8. Use of gyroscopes (gyros) is prohibited.

Anyone found not following the above rules is subject to disqualification.

Event Specifications

Prequalifying round

Abstract Submission: All the write-ups will be used strictly for the elimination purpose. Quark takes the responsibility that no information will be made available to any third party. Please pay adequate attention to the write-up. It is meant to assess the efforts put in by participants and their capability in design and fabrication. Each team will have to send us few pictures of your model.

Round 1: in this round we will be checking  wheather all the machine specifications which are mentioned above are compatible with your aircraft.
Round 2:- in this round  the teams should start off with the the  problem statement. It is subdivided into 2 runs,each run will comprise of 3 trials.

abstract must be sent to  [email protected]

General Rules

  1. The teams must adhere to the spirit of healthy competition. The teams must not damage the opponent's aircraft in any way. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any team indulging in misbehaviour.
  2. Any team that is not ready at the time specified will be disqualified from the competition .
  3. The aircraft would be checked for its safety before the event and would be discarded if found unsafe for other participants or spectators.
  4. The organizers reserve all rights to change any or all of the above rules as they deem fit. Change in any rule, if any, will be highlighted on the website.
  5. The wind conditions are uncontrollable by the coordinators, so any complaints of unfair advantage/disadvantage will not be entertained
  6. The transmitter of all the teams will be safely secured by the coordinators during the event to prevent frequency clashes.
  7. You are expected to bring your own battery chargers.
  8. The thrust source has to be electrical motors. Any other means of propulsion is not allowed.
  9. Electric sockets will be provided in the stadium for battery chargers, These would be standard AC mains. You are expected to bring all the supporting equipments for your glider. No cribs later will be entertained in this regard.


POINTS = 100*t + 10*k + 10*x + 1000-d - 10c

where 0 <= k <= 20 (depends on judge in accordance with design)

"t" is the time taken for the straight path.( BEST OF T1,T2.. ( 2runs))

IF there is a crash while landing.

x = 0 ELSE x = 10

"d" is the distance of the aircrafts nose to  the bulls eye marked.(in centimetres) ,the landing score(1000-d) will be zero if the aircraft's nose lies 10 metres outside the launching zone when it stops completely.
"c" is the number of times the aircraft  crosses the 5m allowance on either sides..  ( c<=3).

Certificate Policy

  1. Certificate of Excellence: Top 3 teams .
  2. Merit Certificate: Will be give to all the teams who complete the problem statement .
  3. Participation Certificate to all those who come with an aircraft that is air worthy.

Team Specifications
A team must consist of 2-5 participants. Students from different educational institutes can form a team.

All students with a valid identity card of their respective educational institutes are eligible to participate in Swatkats @QUARK 2010

Event Managers

anuragh reddy Siddharth Parmar
+91-9049158385 +91-9370628770