Olinger, David J.
A fixed-wing drone for an internal Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) sponsored flight competition was designed, constructed, and tested. The competition requirements reward maximizing flight range and payload fraction, autonomous operation, and require a payload release system to accurately hit a prescribed target. In this report we present our design process and discuss particular design innovations. The high lift-drag ratio aircraft uses a fiberglass sandwich composite wing combined with a foam-board panel fuselage to maximize weight savings and structural rigidity. The aircraft is catapult launched and uses landing gear that deploys automatically upon payload release. A waypoint navigation system with automatic payload release is also incorporated to improve the bombing accuracy.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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