I joined the aero design team at U.D. in the fall of 2017 and helped design the first version of a solar powered electric airplane for long endurance applications. Our design included a camera for surveillance applications and a data logger with an intelligent flight control system for pattern holds and other pilot hands off or autonomous functions. Our spring 2018 semester was spent building and modifying the plane until its maiden flight. Unfortunately the landing of the maiden flight damaged the wing more significantly than we realized and the wing failed under typical loading during the competition flight. Load testing before each flight and spare wings will have to be used in the future to prevent this type of error from reoccurring. Below are some images and videos of the plane and its flights.
I dont know why I love this video so much but its just so damn cool.
Drummer for Son Lux
I’ve always been frustrated by attempts to show the accurate distance and size of the planets in our solar system… this video puts that to rest.
A glimpse into the hardware giant that is the city of Shenzhen and how it came to be.
I really hope that I get to help us get to mars one day. This little short is a really inspiring story of a young person with a dream.
Recently I have become interested in flight/aerodynamics and while my schooling is oriented in mechanical design, it doesn’t really delve into this realm of knowledge or design of aerodynamics, unless I Continue reading