AeroTHON 2023


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

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

Uncrewed 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 2023 competition for students with primary focus on developing design, build and piloting skills of Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) to prepare them industry ready for the emerging market. As part of AeroTHON 2023, students undertake a full design and build cycle of an Uncrewed aerial vehicle meeting specific mission requirements, culminating in a final fly-off event.


  1. To inculcate an innovation mindset among the student community in emerging technologies like Uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV)
  2. To Incubate and nurture skills and capabilities of aero design in young minds and prepare them for Atmanirbhar Bharat in critical aerospace technologies.
  3. To provide a platform for Aero-passionate students to demonstrate UAV design expertise
  4. To help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs

Contest Structure

Phase 1:  Design and Technical Presentation

  1. Innovative designs presentation from the participant teams
  2. Innovative designs evaluation by industry and academic experts
  3. Top 20 teams shortlisted for Phase 2

Phase 2:  Flight Test with a final presentation highlighting readiness to Fly and Awards

  1. Building the prototype of the UAV
  2. Technical presentation on the prototype and readiness to Fly the UAV
  3. Flight Test
  4. Awarding prizes to 7 teams

Registration Guidelines

  • 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 2023 opens 20th February 2023 at 6 pm.
  • For any feedback or related queries, please email us at

Awards & prizes

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

Event Dates

Key Event Dates
Registration open 20 Feb 2023
Registration close 25 Mar 2023
Phase 1: Design Report submission by students 04 Jun 2023
Phase 1: Presentation Submission 22 Jun 2023
Phase 1: Students present designs to Judges (Industry and Academic experts) 24 Jun 2023
Phase 1: Judges review reports & finalize scores 26 – 29 Jun 2023
Phase 1 Winners announcement 30 Jun 2023
Phase 2: Physical prototype build  1 Jul 2023 – 17 Nov 2023
Phase 2: Physical prototype inspection & Flying 18 Nov 2023
Phase 2: Flying 19 Nov 2023
Awards Ceremony 19 Nov 2023



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