Challenge 1: Create an Airport of the Future-(sponsored by Piedmont)
The challenge: Create an airport of the future to be more efficient, safer, and/or better for the environment
responsibilities include keeping records; hiring and training personnel; maintaining pavement; maintaining markings, signs, and lighting; providing snow and ice
control, if applicable; managing emergency preparedness; overseeing handling of hazardous materials, including jet fuel; conducting airport self-inspections; overseeing
procedures for operation of vehicles on the airfield; providing obstruction lighting; protecting navigational aids; protecting public safety; dealing with wildlife control;
and overseeing construction projects.
You may want to consider:
construction and reconstruction.
redesign of existing runways and taxi ways.
airport environment—issues and constraints as well
as benefits and costs.
runway safety in particular and airport safety in general.
All airport operations must be carried out with consideration for how the environment could be adversely affected.
Challenge 2: Protection from Hail
Currently, one solution used to protect the wings takes as much as 3hrs, requires too many resources, and has safety risks as it involves humans exposed to the wind & rain.
The challenge: develop an easier and quicker means to protect the aircraft wings during a hailstorm.
There should be NO impact on activities and movement around the aircraft.
Challenge 3: Improving the Air Traveler Experience-(sponsored by Design Innovation)
Every day around the world, 8 million people board planes as passengers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. Half of the world's population fly somewhere annually! Most of us have flown for business, pleasure, or necessity and air travel is the safest mode of transportation you will use when getting from "point A" to "point B." Imagine how a simple life-changing redesign of the air passenger's travel experience would impact half the world's population each year! Airlines of the future want innovation from the moment you leave your house to arriving at an assigned gate.How can that experience become as seamless as possible for the millennial, baby boomer, generation x’er?
The Challenge: Improve the Air Traveler Experience
Kent State University's Design Innovation Group is sponsoring a broad challenge to all SkyHack-Design Challenge participants to consider addressing the issue of improving the air traveler experience. This challenge focuses on the air traveler's user experience and seeks innovative way to improve that experience.
Categories to consider may include but are not limited to:
Challenge 4: Destructive Dorian - Restoring Connectivity
We are a world where everything is connected. However, for now, “things” are mostly connected in homes, factories and urban environments. As soon as you venture into the wild (nature, rural environments, in the sky, at sea, etc.) network connectivity lacks.
On August 28, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall, pounding the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. On Sunday, September 1, Dorian was still wreaking havoc, striking the Bahamas, tearing down power lines and ripping off roofs. Because of its maximum sustained winds, Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore.
The widespread communications and power outages that followed illustrate the fragility of United States’ communications infrastructure when attacked by the extreme forces of nature.
The Challenge: As the challenge title suggests, it is time to show Mother Nature humankind’s capacity to be prepared so that we are not critically incapacitated or, at the very least, we quickly recover from the effects of these disasters on our communication infrastructure.
a) Develop novel airborne or space-based platform for temporarily (or permanently) restoring communication and connectivity in remote areas following a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, earthquake, etc.). What types of air/space platforms would you develop?How would they be constructed?What is the means of platform propulsion?How do the platforms provide power or connectivity to the ground?How would they store energy?What type of ground infrastructure improvements would be required to connect to these platforms?What type of deployment timeline would these systems require?How would they be deployed to isolated disaster areas?How would these platforms achieve the required range or endurance for persistent connectivity?What type of quantitative metrics would indicate success or failure of the system?
The proposed solution must contain sky-based or space-based platforms, but other land-based or sea-based assets may be included as elements of a larger system.
Proposed solutions should address the following: (1) platform-specific design to include identification of the critical technologies for air/space-based operations, (2) system-level integration into current emergency response systems, (3) risks, and (4) deployment and recovery.
b) Use an electronic chip/microcontroller that is compatible with terrestrial networks (cellular etc.) and/or space networks (via satellite) as a communication device if the network has been knocked out by the storm. The goal is that our “things” can be connected anywhere, anytime. What type of product could the chip/microcontroller be embedded in/connected to and how do you use it? What does it do? How does it help? How is it powered?
c) Use autonomous vehicles to speed the reestablishment of power to the electric grid. At least one part of your project should contain an air based autonomous vehicle.
Challenge 5: The Deans’ Challenge: Making flying healthier for the Air Traveler
The Challenge: develop anything new that will decrease the spreading of germs on an airplane
Areas to consider may include but are not limited to:
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