Faculty Advisor

Chierichetti, Maria

Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


The objective of this project is to design, fabricate and test a Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) with hovering capability. The MAV is designed to bio-mimic hummingbird flight, in which the wings flap in a plane perpendicular to the horizontal. Aerodynamic lift is created from the interaction between the wings and the vortex generated by the previous stroke (wake-capture motion). The team designed, manufactured and assembled an initial static prototype. The final design is characterized by a wing span of 36 cm and a weight of 41 g. The wings have been manufactured using monokote reinforced with carbon fiber, while the chassis and drive train have been 3-D printed based on thermoplastics.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering