Author Information

Brandon WirkusFollow

Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Poster Session

Authors' Class Standing

Brandon Wirkus, Junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Brandon Wirkus

Faculty Mentor Name

J. Gordon Leishman

Abstract

The objective of the 2018-2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly (DBF) competition was to simulate a naval bomber capable of aircraft carrier operations. The aircraft had to fulfill many challenging design requirements including, the ability to drop attack stores remotely, unfold and lock its wings remotely from a stored configuration, take off from a ten foot ramp, and include a spinning radome.

This year-long project began with design and manufacturing studies in the fall semester. The spring semester was dedicated to iterating the design and recording the results in a technical design report. To complete the missions, the team researched and developed a twin boom aircraft large enough to carry the greatest amount of attack stores possible. The radio-controlled aircraft will demonstrate its capability to complete three flight missions and one ground mission during the competition in Tuscon, Arizona in April.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach AIAA Design/Build/Fly 2018-2019

The objective of the 2018-2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly (DBF) competition was to simulate a naval bomber capable of aircraft carrier operations. The aircraft had to fulfill many challenging design requirements including, the ability to drop attack stores remotely, unfold and lock its wings remotely from a stored configuration, take off from a ten foot ramp, and include a spinning radome.

This year-long project began with design and manufacturing studies in the fall semester. The spring semester was dedicated to iterating the design and recording the results in a technical design report. To complete the missions, the team researched and developed a twin boom aircraft large enough to carry the greatest amount of attack stores possible. The radio-controlled aircraft will demonstrate its capability to complete three flight missions and one ground mission during the competition in Tuscon, Arizona in April.

 

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