Date of Submission


Project Type

Senior Design


Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Adeel Khalid


The goal for this design was to develop a dual stage UAS that will deliver medical supplies to people in need in remote locations. To accomplish this, a quadcopter was designed to release a glider with the payload therein. A scaled down prototype was produced for analysis purposes. A conceptual model was fully designed that is capable of effectively taking off vertically, accelerating to a desired velocity, releasing the glider, and returning back to the initial takeoff location. The glider was designed to be fully controllable in order to accurately reach the desired location. System aerodynamics and quadcopter propulsion were thoroughly studied throughout the design process in order to optimize range. Computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, and extensive hand calculations were completed on both component geometries and propulsion systems in order to verify final system effectiveness. It was determined that the range requirement of 10 miles for the entire system could be accomplished with a maximum velocity of 128 mph.