P09231: UAV Airframe A


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The Airframe A project will build 6 of the Aero Design Team instructional planes. This design is smaller than the proposed vehicle platform of the family and will not carry a large payload. However, the aircraft will be used by the other groups to test lightweight, initial concepts of their projects. This design should be modified as needed, and used to characterize flight dynamics to assist in future design work. The top level goal of this project is to develop a robust aeronautical platform with a high success rate and extreme ease of interchangeability of costly components amongst copies of itself. A large portion of work will be in optimization and redesign.

Specific roles and responsibilities of varying team members will be divided according to academic major and course training.

Aerospace Engineering:
  • Iterate Airframe Design for Robustness and Optimization
  • Select Method of Propulsion
  • Train to Fly Aircraft
Structures Engineering:
  • Structural analyses on airframe
  • Assess and Iterate Design Specifications: Materials, Connectivity
  • Optimize Interchangeability of Costly Components
  • Begin Design Iteration of Landing Gear
Electrical Engineering:
  • Specify Control Interface Components to be Purchased
  • Applications Engineering of Surface Control Units
  • Control System Design and Reverse Engineering of Analog Components
  • Calibrate User Interface for Increased Pilot Ease
Industrial Engineering:
  • Procurement of laser cutting machine
  • Assist in installation of laser cutter and understand full operational potential of said machine.
  • Recognize and develop manufacturing plan for construction of Airframes A and B.
Airframe A

Airframe A

Project Name
Airframe A
Project Number
Project Family
Open Architecture, Open Source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Imaging Systems
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Jason Kolodziej (ME)
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Jeffrey Kozak (ME)
Primary Customer
RIT/KGCOE; Dr. Edward Hensel
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