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zephyrus.

- AKA 'FLIGHT VEHICLE DESIGN AND FABRICATION' - 

The Pennsylvania State University Aerospace Department's course AERSP 404, known internally as "the Sailplane Course," lets students earn firsthand experience in integrated project management, design, fabrication, testing, and flight evaluation of an advanced composite flight vehicle.

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MY CONTRIBUTIONS:

STABILITY AND CONTROL (S&C) TEAM LEAD

As the S&C Lead, I am responsible for all aspects of the project that do not directly correlate to the manufacturing and construction of the composite aircraft. That being said, my role as lead extends to flight testing, aerodynamic performance analysis, systems engineering, and simulation development as well. 

FLIGHT SIMULATION

Using the Opensource flight simulator FlightGear, I created a model of the Penn State Zephyrus, a to-scale model of our human powered aircraft. This in-sim demo showcases a few of the features that the full simulation will support, such as pilot view, aerodynamic performance, and model animation. 

CAD MODELLING

By using SolidWorks CAD modelling software, I created a 1-to-1 scale model of our aircraft, including both internal and external structures, a pilot, and a pedaling system. The model is pending on drive-train and fuselage designs before completion. 

SIMULATION RESULTS

FLIGHT TEST WITH SURPRISE CRASH LANDING

© 2019 by Chris Covert.

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