Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


This project involved the analysis, design, and fabrication of an aircraft meeting the requirements of the 2014 SAE Aero Design Competition, Micro-Class. Best competition scoring favored an aircraft of maximum payload that could be loaded into a 24”x18”x8” box. The team used various tools including wind tunnel and mathematical modeling to determine the Micro’s aerodynamics and power characteristics. Final design used a combination of conventional and high performance materials, balsa, carbon fiber, and UltraCote wing covering. Configuration was conventional with 4 wing panels totaling 90” span using an 1100 W motor. Outer wing panels were given +8 degrees of dihedral to permit two-axis control. The Micro is expected to carry 5-10 pounds of payload at speeds of 25-35 ft. /sec.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering