A Solar Powered Uav

Students1: R. al Amrani, R.T.J.P.A. Cloosen, R.A.J.M. van den Eijnde, D. Jong, A.W.S. Kaas, B.T.A. Klaver, M. Klein Heerenbrink, L. van Midden, P.P. Vet, C.J. Voesenek

Project tutor: ir. J. de Vries

Coaches: dr. I. Prutkin, dr. ir. A.H. van Zuijlen

Although aviation contributes only to about three percent of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, the general public considers it to be one of the great polluters. Therefore a high pressure is imposed on the aviation industry to develop new technologies for more sustainable aircraft. One very promising future sustainable technology is solar energy, which is the focus of this project.

It is very difficult to introduce such an innovative development into aircraft, since the aircraft industry is extremely conservative. Therefore, it is important to implement the new technology in small steps. An excellent way to start this is by designing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in which the development – in this case solar power - is incorporated. This leads to the following project objective statement:

“The project should deliver a design of a solar powered UAV which can be used as a test bed for future sustainable aircraft, while unveiling its market potential.”

The paper of this project is available as a PDF-document here.

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