Faculty Advisor

Cowlagi, Raghvendra V.

Abstract

WPI-AE conducted a cargo delivery aircraft design competition in which this project participated. The competition rules provided design requirements, constraints (e.g., maximum weight 3kg, maximum onboard power 1kW), and performance metrics based on accuracy of delivery, duration of flight, and autonomy. This report discusses the design, analysis, construction, and flight testing of an aircraft that conforms to the competition rules and may achieves high performance via accurate delivery and autonomy. The aircraft is a fixed-wing/quadrotor hybrid design capable of vertical take-off and landing, no-fly zone avoidance, visual detection of the target delivery area, and high-accuracy cargo delivery. Onboard autonomy is achieved using optical- and depth sensors and an off-the-shelf autopilot.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-04-06

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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