P15462: Airborne Wind Energy Plane
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Problem Definition

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The Electric Generating Tethered glider is a device that can harness the energy using tether release and recovery in high altitude winds. Several companies are currently trying to develop this technology; however optimized models are yet to exist. This device should be able to maintain constant circular flight and be robust enough to endure an extended series of testing with future applications.

The goals of this project are to research current projects to identify opportunities to make an optimized system while maintaining a robust, lightweight, and human controllable flight prototype. The system must interface with the existing base station provided by the customer and the team must predict and validate computer simulations. The project must conclude with a complete set of manufacturing documentation, assembly documentation, and 30 experimental trials consisting of video record and accompanying flight data sets. Link to 1-page project summary You may want to consider using the Problem Definition Documents directory to store this information. Some templates are available there for your use.

Project Summary

1-Page Project Summary

1-Page Project Summary

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

• Tethered glider capable of continuous circular flight • Integration with current base station • 30 trials of 3 min continuous circular flight with tether tension and glider position recorded • Functional simulation of flight path

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirement # Importance Description
CR1 1 Tethered glider system (with electric prop assist for launching) that demonstrates at least 3 minutes of continuous circular flight path with taunt tether.
CR2 9 Clean appearance
CR3 1 Human controlled plane
CR4 3 No special flight skill required
CR5 1 Use existing base station design
CR6 1 Tether tension is measured and recorded during flights
CR7 1 Tether direction is measured and recorded during flights
CR8 1 Videos with accompanying data files of all flight tests (even ones that don't work)
CR9 1 Able to survive crashes with minor repairs (short downtime)
CR10 1 Replaceable parts
CR11 3 Maintenance Guide
CR12 9 Design a robust Glider which meets the above repair requirements and can be piloted in a cyclical path.

Customer Interview Notes

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

House of Quality

House of Quality

House of Quality

Use Scenarios

Use Scenarios

Use Scenarios

Risks

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment


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