Team Havoc was formed in response to the 2014 Speedfest IV competition.  The team composed of 21 students majoring in Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University and the competition served as their senior design project.  Over the course of about three months, the team produced four pylon racers, three gliders, and three parachute pods.  The Speedfest IV competition consisted of two missions.  The first mission involved climbing and releasing the payload, a golfball, within ten seconds.  The payload descent time then determined the allowable time to complete mission two. The rules allowed for the design of a Payload Descent Vehicle to maximize the payload descent time, and the maximum allowable payload descent time was three minutes.  Team Havoc decided on a modular design, allowing for the use of either a glider or a parachute pod for the Payload Descent Vehicle.  The second mission was to complete as many figure-8 laps as possible on a 600 ft pylon course within the payload decent time.  The score equaled the number of pylons passed during mission 2.  In the event of a tie, the teams had to perform mission 2 with the mission 1 configuration that gave the team the tie score.

Specification List: 

Pylon Racer

  • Wing
    • Wingspan: 57.8 in
    • Average Wing Cord: 7.03 in
    • Wing Area: 430.5 sq in
    • Aspect Ratio: 8
    • Airfoil: Blend of MH 22 and Selig 4110
  • Fuselage
    • Length: 48 in
    • Max Width: 4 in
    • Max Height: 4.5 in
  • Propulsion Engine: O.S. 46AX II
    • Mission 1 Propeller: 11 x 5
    • Mission 2 Propeller: 9 x 8.5
    • Exhaust: Tuned Pipe
    • Fuel: 15% Nitromethane
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • Performance
    • Max Load Factor: 20 G
    • Number of flags raised in 3 minutes: 40


  • Wing
    • Wingspan: 54 in
    • Wing Area: 300 sq in
    • Aspect Ratio: 9.75
    • Airfoil: HN 1033
  • Fuselage
    • Pod Length: 15.5 in
    • Tail Boom: 17.5 in
    • Weight: 1.5 lb

Parachute Pod

  • Same design as glider fuselage pod
  • Parachute sizes range from 4 ft to 7 ft in diameter
Team Info: 

The 2014 OSU Orange "Havoc" design team was led by a chief engineer and divided into four primary subteams: Computer Aided Design,Structures, Propulsion, Aerodymanics.

Chief Engineer: Kelsi Redfearn

CAD Lead: Colin Gibson

Aerodymanics Team

  • Lead:  Chase Colvin
  • A.J. Van Grinsven
  • Elcy Low
  • Justin Roper

Propulsion Team

  • Lead:  Michael Miller
  • Brandon Cloud
  • Leah Jackson
  • Britt Oglesby
  • Timothy Wigg
  • Kale Woolsey

Structures Team

  • Lead:  Holly Franco
  • Temitope Akande
  • Max Di Lonardo
  • Ben Graham
  • Tim Jennings
  • Devon Lansford
  • Aja Marr
  • Caleb Rhyne
  • Ryan Stephens

Pylon Racer Pilot: Dan Bierly

Glider Pilot: Paul Reinman

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew S. Arena, Jr.

The above team roster does not include all people involved in the project.

Contest Summary: 

Speedfest IV Rules

Mission 1: Payload Drop

The aircraft has ten seconds to climb into the designated area east of runway and drop the payload. The payload descent time (PDT) begins from payload release and ends when the payload hits the ground or is out of judges sight. The PDT has a maximum of three minutes. The run is disqualified if the payload is not fully separated at the ten second buzzer or the payload lands outside of the designated area.

Mission 2: Pylon Race

The time begins after the signal to enter the course when the plane reaches the first turn line and the time ends at the PDT. Fly figure 8’s with a flag being raised at each turn. Score: Total number of turn flags raised within PDT.

Tie-Breaker Mission

The tiebreaker mission will be flown in full mission 1 configuration. The complete payload descent system must remain with the aircraft during the entire flight. The mission 1 configuration used must be the same as the mission 1 configuration that generated the highest mission 2 score if multiple configurations were used. The mission and scoring for the tiebreaker will be the same as mission 2 which is to fly as many figure 8’s as possible in 3 minutes.

Official Speedfast IV Contest Rules



The following sponsors contributed to the project.  The OSU Orange  team greatly appreciates their support, and considers them members of our team.  Without their support, the project would not have been possible.  The team would also like to thank Scott Doores for his generous donation.

University Multispectral Labs (UML), Oklahoma State University, NASA OK Space Grant Consortium, Zivko Aeronautics, Spirit AeroSystems, AUVSI