Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.


The goal of this MQP was to design, build, and fly a UAV that can successfully complete the four missions of the AIAA DBF 2017 competition while optimizing the team’s score and meeting the general competition requirements. The UAV was an electric-driven, radio controlled aircraft that must be powered by nickel batteries, and fit inside a fixed-dimension, watertight launch tube in a folded storage configuration. The UAV must be capable of unfolding from the storage configuration to the flight configuration without the use of any tools, all moveable components be self-locking and self-aligning. The UAV must complete three flight missions that evaluate aircraft speed and the ability to carry a payload and one ground mission.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering