Faculty Advisor

Johari, Hamid

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


This goal of this project was to design, build and test a Micro-Aerial Vehicle (MAV) for competition in the 2002 International MAV Competition at Brigham Young University. Topics researched include: gas and electric propulsion, low Reynolds Number aerodynamics, low aspect ratio wings, and micro radio controlled electronics. An iterative design process was used to generate several concept designs. The design process optimized airfoil geometry, component placement, control surface design, and center of gravity location. These characteristics were tested and altered to augment performance. The final design had a 22.4 centimeter wingspan, a 77 gram weight, and flew several short flights.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering