P06004: Air Surveillance Platform for CIS
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Airplanes

Custom Design Plane

This plane was custom designed by a previous senior design team (team P05008). The plane was modified, and flown during Senior Design I, but never provided the stable flight required for autonomous flight.

Checking the CG of the custom plane from P05008

Checking the CG of the custom plane from P05008

Taking the P05008 plane for a test flight behind Gracie's

Taking the P05008 plane for a test flight behind Gracie's

Telemaster

This plane is a commercially available kit built by a previous senior design team (team P05009). The plane was tested but was involved in a catastrophic accident before autonomous flight could be developed (see Airplane Crash site for details).

Telemaster in the lab

Telemaster in the lab

HobbiStar MKII

After the two previous failures and new comercially available plane was purchased. This plane came almost-ready-to-fly (ARF), with a nitro engine, as opposed to the electric motor powering the previous two planes. This plane was fitted with the AP50 and achieved partial autonomous flight, but was involved in a catastrophic accident before full autonomous flight could be achieved (see Airplane Crash site for details).

Flying the HobbiStar for a test flight near the main entrance to campus

Flying the HobbiStar for a test flight near the main entrance to campus