Faculty Advisor

Cowlagi, Raghvendra V.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The purpose of this project was to design a remote controlled aircraft for the Society of Automotive Engineers 2018 Aero Design West competition. Students were tasked to employ knowledge of aerodynamics, structural mechanics, control systems, electrical engineering, and design principles to create an airworthy submission. Using various analysis tools, the team designed, constructed, and tested an aircraft capable of carrying 7 pounds of payload for the prescribed competition flight pattern, which limited the takeoff distance to 200 feet and required a circular flight pattern followed by a controlled landing and stop. The 12-foot wingspan aircraft is constructed mostly from foam and aluminum, and conforms to all competition specifications, with the exception of the electric motor power.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering