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Design of a Micro Aerial Vehicle Public

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An unmanned aerial vehicle was designed and built for the AIAA Design Build Fly 2015 competition. To meet the mission requirements, including speed and weight, the aircraft is designed to have a 10-foot wingspan and 14 inch chord with dihedral and a conventional tail wing configuration. To minimize the weight without durability cost, tubular carbon fiber spars and balsa ribs were used to construct the wings. The 5-foot fuselage consists of bulkheads made from balsa ply connected longitudinally by carbon fiber tubes. An 18 inch diameter propeller driven by a brushless DC motor generates the thrust. The aircraft has a 5 pound payload capability. By combining detailed analysis of aerodynamics, structure, and material with flight test, the team has refined the aircraft design.

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  • E-project-043015-103527
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  • 2015
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  • 2015-04-30
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