Model Airplane Program

You can find a video of phase 1 here:

The desired outcome of Phase 1 of this course is to have each cadet participate in the complete hands-on build process of an RC Aircraft. Aerospace education (AE) lectures will be combined with hands-on build time to ensure that each cadet can apply theory taught as part of AE to a real-world project. The goal would be to accomplish all 3 phases no later than September 2012 with phase 1 beginning January 2012 and completing no later than March 2012.

Phase 1 (RC Airplane Build) – Cadets will learn aerodynamic & electronic principles (science), radio control systems (technology), RC aircraft/wing/engine design & construction (engineering), and electricity & electromagnetic radiation laws and formulas (math).

Phase 2 (Video FPV) – Cadets will construct a first-person view (FPV) video system to control the RC plane from a first person perspective via an onboard camera, fed wirelessly to video goggles or a video monitor. A pan-and-tilt gimbaled camera will be controlled via a gyroscopic sensor.

Phase 3 (Autopilots & Mission Planning) – Cadets will leverage the ArduPilot open source autopilot platform and various sensors to create an aircraft capable of flying programmed missions via geospatial waypoints.