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Date of Submission

Spring 4-22-2020

Project Type

Senior Design

Minor

Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Department

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Primary Advisor

Adeel Khalid

Abstract

The purpose of this report was to provide a thorough description of the design process with the goal of converging on a design solution for an aircraft that can perform multiple data acquisition routines on Saturn’s Titan. This aircraft serves as an improved alternative to current aircraft designed for Saturn’s moon Titan; namely, the Dragonfly that requires an onboard multi-mission thermoelectric generator for power and eight rotors. The proposed design utilizes a wireless recharging method to allow for the MMRTG to be offboarded to save on weight and a fixed wing is included to improve the efficiency and redundancy over helicopter forward flight. Humanity has continued to explore the solar system and from that new unique vehicles will be needed to allow for research operations to be carried out in environments that are hostile to humans – where autonomous and/or semiautonomous systems would be useful.

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