Our undergraduate team is rising to the challenge of designing, building, and optimizing a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for the purpose of urban delivery. We will be building a UAV that can achieve vertical take-off and landing while also maximizing payload. Additionally, we will also be programming a digital twin for the UAV. This digital twin will take the form of a live interface that utilizes in-flight data to gain insight into the current state of the UAV and its surroundings.
Design and build UAV that meets NASA design goals for function and payload
Collect and analyze detailed in-flight data about environment and state of UAV
Write research paper summarizing our design and testing results
Electrical Engineering: Circuit design of UAV
Mechanical/Civil Engineering: Design for vertical take-off and landing, maximize payload of UAV
Computer Science/Engineering: Create digital twin to control physical UAV and analyze performance feedback
NASA Aeronautics University Design Challenge 2016-2017: Low Noise Subsonic Challenge 1st place [link]