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Solar powered rotorcraft: a multidisciplinary engineering challenge for undergraduate students
Author(s): Aaron J. Danner; Martin Henz; Brian Shohei Teo

Paper Abstract

Controlled, fully solar-powered flight in a rotorcraft is a difficult engineering challenge. Over the past five years, multidiciplinary teams of undergraduate engineering students at the National University of Singapore have built and test-flown a succession of increasingly impressive and larger, more efficient aircraft. While many other multidisciplinary or purely photonics projects are available to students in our programme, this particular project attracts an unusual level of excitement and devotion among students working on it. Why is that the case, and what, in general, makes a good final year undergraduate design project? These questions will be explored. Additionally, videos of solar helicopter test flights and spectacular crashes will be shown in the presentation for which the proceedings below have been prepared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 104520J (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2266484
Show Author Affiliations
Aaron J. Danner, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Martin Henz, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Brian Shohei Teo, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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