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Solar Powered Multipurpose Remotely Powered Aircraft
NASA/USRA University Advanced Design Program: Proceedings of the 8th Annual Summer Conference: Washington, D.C.
  • Andreas N. Alexandrou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • William W. Durgin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • R. F. Cohn, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • D. J. Olinger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Charlotte K. Cody, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Agnes Chan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Kwok-Hung Cheung, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Kristin Conley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Paul M. Crivelli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Christian T. Javorski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Nancy P. Torrey, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Michael L. Traver, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Publication Date
6-15-1992
Abstract
Increase in energy demands coupled with rapid depletion of natural energy resources have deemed solar energy as an attractive alternative source of power. The focus was to design and construct a solar powered, remotely piloted vehicle to demonstrate the feasibility of solar energy as an effective, alternate source of power. The final design included minimizing the power requirements and maximizing the strength-to-weight and lift-to-drag ratios. Given the design constraints, Surya (the code-name given to the aircraft), is a lightweight aircraft primarily built using composite materials and capable of achieving level flight powered entirely by solar energy.
Citation Information
Andreas N. Alexandrou, William W. Durgin, R. F. Cohn, D. J. Olinger, et al.. "Solar Powered Multipurpose Remotely Powered Aircraft" NASA/USRA University Advanced Design Program: Proceedings of the 8th Annual Summer Conference: Washington, D.C. (1992) p. 477 - 489
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