Design and Optimization of a Micro-Aerial Vehicle Public
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AIAA’s 2016 Design/Build/Fly Competition required the construction of two separate systems to complete distributive manufacturing missions. The team had to develop a production aircraft to carry a 1 kg payload and a manufacturing support aircraft which could carry the production aircraft internally. Aircraft designs were finalized using merit analyses and iterative design techniques to make quantitative decisions. The team selected a flying wing design for the production aircraft nested inside the wing of a conventional design manufacturing support aircraft as final configurations. The aircraft were manufactured and tested to ensure designs would complete mission requirements while maintaining the highest possible score by retaining minimal components and a low aircraft weight.
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