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2017-07-13
Technical Paper
2017-01-6000
Steven Tray Sorensen, Ardella Hopman, Rachael Basko, Spencer Ochsner>, Michael Petersen>
Executive Summary This report describes the aircraft designed and built by the Brigham Young University Idaho (BYU-I) Aero Design Team. The aircraft was built for the SAE Aero West Competition 2016 hosted in Lakeland, Florida. The objective is to design an all-electric aircraft optimized to carry as much weight as possible, while also minimizing the empty weight of the aircraft capable of successfully completing a flight circuit. A flight circuit is defined as flying completely around two safety cones for a total distance of about 726ft. The challenge has provided the team with the opportunity to improve design and manufacturing skills, while also gaining experience in real life engineering challenges. As a result the team greatly increased their knowledge of aeronautical design and manufacturing. BYU-I has developed a balsa/plywood carbon fiber reinforced fixed wing aircraft weighing approximately .7lbs, capable of carrying more than 4lbs.
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