Andrew King and 2 OthersMattheus Carpenter
Haoran Tang
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The objective of this program at Nuvu this year was to create a flying object that was reminiscent of something science-fiction. Inspired by numerous flying objects both real and fictitious, our group created a plane that had many components of a standard airplane, but also included free-spinning rotors on the wing tips and a forward swept mono-wing. The advantage of the rotors on the wing tips is that they catch the on-coming wind and thus create more lift, while also slowing the plane's speed. Although this solution is inefficient for the motor as it has to carry extra weight that has a fair amount of drag, it makes the plane easier to fly in a small area, such as the testing field. The convential tail allows for air to freely pass over the wings without disturbing the horizontal stabilizer and made the plane uncontrollable. The foam v-wings are reinforced with tape to prevent fracturing, and the skids prevent the propellor from hitting the ground during landing.