Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Kapseong Ro

Second Advisor

Bade Shrestha


An investigation of thrust vectoring and an examination of existing tandem rotor dynamics were used to develop a structural body for a tandem rotor vehicle, derive the equations of motion of the system, and simulate a dynamic model of the vehicle. A vehicle prototype was constructed while further application of remote control capabilities, flight testing, and control development were researched. The dynamic simulation was based on a linear model of the system so as to open the possibility of implementing a control system. The simulation results show that thrust synchronization yields a predictable motion response. The prototype constructed did not have synchronized thrust between the rotors and the simulation results show a divergent response to perturbations from equilibrium. This project can be scaled and applied to recreation vehicles of the future, specifically in the growing area of hover vehicle technology.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted