Cardinal Flight’s project will serve as a multi-mission sUAV with the flexibility of multiple flight regimes. The aircraft will be capable of multiple missions through a detachable payload module. The aircraft will also have the capability of low speed flight with hover and high speed conventional flight. These capabilities will be achieved through the use of a rotating wing. Combined this will make for a flexible and versatile aerial platform that can tailor to specific organization or group needs at Iowa State that requires such a platform.
Cardinal Flight plans to take an iterative approach to executing the group’s extended mission. The team will have the ultimate goal to create and implement a new aircraft every academic year. The work will be divided into two separate phases. The fall semester will act as the Design Phase where the team will complete all computer modeling and acquire the required components of the aircraft. The spring semester will act as the Manufacturing and Flight Phase. These two phases should remain cyclic for Cardinal Flight in the coming years.
In addition to a yearly aircraft design, Cardinal Flight plans to be the responsible operator of each aircraft. The team shall be producing a complete analysis and operating procedures of every system on board and those required on the ground to properly operate the vehicle.
This year, the group will primarily focus on developing a new aircraft to expand the groups experience in to a multi-mission and unconventional aircraft. In addition to undertaking a new project, this semester the project will include finalizing Arrow, the solar assisted aircraft, for solar flight. Once work on the new aircraft and Arrow have been completed, the team will fly at an approved site. The new aircraft will be capable of two flight regimes and various missions. The first mission to be developed will be as an aerial imaging platform.
Cardinal Flight pushes the capabilities of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV) utilizing off the shelf components to create a low cost aerial vehicle with an unconventional configuration allowing for operation in multiple flight regimes.