AeroTHON 2022

About AEROTHON 2022


Theme: Uninhabited Aircraft System (UAS) - Design, Build and Fly Contest

Indian government is on the mission to turn the country into a Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Drone hub by 2030 under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan by accelerating the pace of development of India’s Unmanned Aircraft / Drone industry. India’s UAS market could grow to INR 500 billion (US$6.8 billion) in the next five years.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) are used across many industries like defense, construction, infrastructure, mining, telecom, geospatial mapping, agriculture/farming, media & entertainment, law enforcement, oil and gas for surveillance, security, safety, disaster management, land survey, progress and condition monitoring through aerial photography and thermal imaging. More widespread consumer market applications will soon become realistic, keeping pace with progress in tech innovation and reduced costs. Some of these include drone-facilitated last mile delivery for the retail, healthcare and logistics sectors.

SAEINDIA Aerospace Forum is organizing AeroTHON 2022 competition for students with primary focus on developing design, build and piloting skills of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to prepare them industry ready for the emerging market. As part of AeroTHON 2022, students undertake a full design and build cycle of an unmanned aerial vehicle meeting specific mission requirements, culminating in a final fly-off event.


The objective of this year’s competition is to design, build and fly a UAV to meet a specific mission requirement.

To inculcate innovation mindset among the student community in emerging technologies like Uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV).

Incubate and nurture skills and capabilities of aero design in young minds and prepare them towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in critical aerospace technologies.

To help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.

To help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Program will be conducted in 2 phases: Phase 1- Design Round, and Phase 2 - Final Round including Flight Test.

AeroTHON 2022 Launch

Feb 2022


June 2022

Location for Phase 1 Student Presentation

Government Tool Room & Training Centre​
Rajajinagar Industrial Estate,
Bangalore – 560 010.


Nov 18 &19, 2022

S J C Institute of Technology

Chikballapur, Karnataka


  • Team can comprise minimum 5 students and maximum 10 students from multiple engineering disciplines with 1 faculty advisor.
  • Students have to be members of SAEINDIA. Faculty advisors are advised to become members of SAEINDIA, though it’s not mandatory. Visit: to sign up for SAEINDIA membership.
  • Registration fee : Rs. 15,000/- + 18% GST
  • Registration for AEROTHON 2022 opens 23rd February 2022 at 6 pm.
  • For any feedback or related queries, please email us at

Prize Category

Prize Amount

1st Prize

Rs. 100,000

2nd Prize

Rs. 75,000

3rd Prize

Rs. 50,000

4 Special Awards each of Rs. 25,000



Key Event Dates
Registration opened for AeroTHON 2022 Feb 28, 2022
Rule Book Release Mar 15, 2022
Registration close April 7, 2022
Phase -1: Design report submission by students June 11, 2022
Phase 1: Presentation submission June 22, 2022
Students present design to Judges (industry and academic experts) June 25, 2022
Judges (industry and academic experts) review reports & finalize scores June 26, 2022– June 29, 2022
Announce winners of Phase -1 during AeroCON 2022 June 30, 2022
Phase 2: Physical prototype build July 1, 2022 – Nov 17, 2022
Phase 2: Physical prototype inspection Nov 18, 2022
Phase 2: Flying competition Nov 18, 2022 - Nov 19, 2022
Awards Ceremony Nov 19, 2022



Associate Sponsor

Supporting Partner

Academic Partner


Mr. Ravishankar Mysore
OC - Convener
Mr. Krupal Aerpula
OC - Co Convener
Dr. Ganga Reddy
TC - Convener
Dr. Dinesh Manoharan
TC - Co Convener
Prof. Karunakaran C.S
TC - Member
Dr. Ravi Kumar G.V.V
TC - Member
Mr. Shripathi V
Industry and Academia interface committee - Convener
Mr. Pullaiah Dussa
Industry and Academia interface committee - Co-Convener
Mr. Satish Sastry
Finance Committee - Convener
Mr. Sandeep M Birje
Event Management Committee - Convener
Mr. Vinay Roy
Marketing & Communication Committee- Convener
Mr. Yogesh Sathe
Awards & Recognition Committee - Convener

Send Us a Message

Contact for Sponsorship Opportunities:

Mr. Vijay Antony Babu | | +91 96001 52999
Mr. Indhira Kumar| | +91 73387 48893 
For any grievance, Email us @

The AeroTHON organizing committee and SAEINDIA shall not be held responsible for non-fulfilment of their obligations due to the exigency of one or more of the force majeure events such as but not limited to the acts of God, war, flood, earthquake, strikes, lockouts, pandemics, epidemics, riots, civil commotion, scarcity, of water, electricity or such other basic facilities etc and shall inform the participating teams on the occurrence and cessation of the event within one week of such decision being made If the force majeure conditions continue beyond a reasonable period where running the event is not feasible either due to the force majeure conditions or any other reasons, the event may be cancelled for the year.

(a) Earthquake, flood, inundation and landslide, storm, tempest, hurricane, cyclone, lightning, thunder, pandemics, epidemics or other extreme atmospheric disturbances or any other act of God

(b) Strikes, labour disruptions or any other industrial disturbances not arising on account of the acts or omissions of the organisers, war, hostilities (whether declared or not), invasion, act of foreign enemy, terrorism, rebellion, riots, weapon conflict or military actions, civil war, ionising radiation, contamination by radioactivity from nuclear fuel, any nuclear waste, radioactive toxic explosion, volcanic eruptions or other such occurrences beyond the control of the organisers

(c) Acts of expropriation, compulsory acquisition or takeover by any government agency of the said venue where the event is to be held or any part thereof

(d) Any prohibitory order of any Court.