Faculty Advisor

Im, Seongkyun

Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.


An unmanned aerial vehicle was designed and built for the AIAA Design Build Fly 2015 competition. To meet the mission requirements, including speed and weight, the aircraft is designed to have a 10-foot wingspan and 14 inch chord with dihedral and a conventional tail wing configuration. To minimize the weight without durability cost, tubular carbon fiber spars and balsa ribs were used to construct the wings. The 5-foot fuselage consists of bulkheads made from balsa ply connected longitudinally by carbon fiber tubes. An 18 inch diameter propeller driven by a brushless DC motor generates the thrust. The aircraft has a 5 pound payload capability. By combining detailed analysis of aerodynamics, structure, and material with flight test, the team has refined the aircraft design.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering