Olinger, David J.
The goal of this MQP was to design, construct, and fly a remote control aircraft for the 2012 SAE Aero East Heavy Lift Competition, Micro Class. To remain competitive, the aircraft needed to maintain a high payload percentage, be simple to construct, stable at different weights, and durable. The detailed design of the aircraft was conducted using computer aided design software, and then the parts were manufactured from balsa wood using the laser-cutting machine. Throughout the design process, wind tunnel tests were performed on scaled models fabricated by the rapid prototype machine. Ultimately, a flightworthy aircraft was constructed that met competition requirements. Future tests will confirm aircraft design analysis.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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