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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The purpose of this Senior Design Project is to design, build, and test an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). This will be used as a test platform for airborne electronics. The intended capabilities of this project include a 12-hour flight time, the ability to carry 5 lbs of payload, and the ability to recharge the batteries of electronics while in the air. With these parameters in mind, the focus of the design was on endurance, and, by extension, efficiency and durability. Upon completion, the aircraft and its onboard systems was constructed and evaluated. Secondary products of this project include an instrumented automated engine dynamometer designed with LabVIEW, schematics of an AC to DC on board power generation. UAS has potential use for future projects. These projects could include further development of software and sensors, as well as exploring new uses for unmanned aircraft. Beneficiaries of this project could be but not limited to The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, The Computer Science Department, The WMU AIAA Pegasus Chapter & WMU Computer Club and STEM recruiting events
Quainoo, Andreas, "Development of Long Endurance Small Unmanned Aerial System" (2014). Honors Theses. 2499.
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