Faculty Advisor

Hall, John R

Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton


The purpose of this project was to research, design, and analyze a personal aerial vehicle. One focus of this objective was modeling and structurally analyzing the frame, which had to be lightweight, yet strong enough to withstand the stresses of the application. This was accomplished while also identifying other compatible components to complete the design. In pursuit of this goal, similar technologies were examined, allowing for a unique, yet practical, interpretation of this new technology. A tenth-scale prototype was designed and fabricated to assist in determining the electrical components necessary and to act as a functioning example of how a full-scale vehicle might operate. Finally, recommendations for future action were outlined to allow for further development of the technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering