Integrated Research/Education University Aircraft Design Program Development
Technical Report,01 Jan 2014,31 Dec 2016
University of Washington Seattle
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The two major goals of AFOSR Grant FA9550-14-1-0027, Integrated ResearchEducation University Aircraft Design Program Development, were a to contribute to the development cutting edge capstone airplane design courses in U.S. universities. Such courses would take advantage of the most recent developments in software and hardware systems and tools as well as systems design technology to bring into aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs a systems integration perspective and the experience of designing, building, and flying, supported by rigorous analysis and tests, of advanced research unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs b to contribute to the understanding of design options and tradeoffs that would lead to efficient long-range supersonic aircraft without tail surfaces. No tail surfaces or reduced size tail surfaces may lead to less drag, less weight, lower construction cost, and smaller stealth signatures. The elimination or size-reduction of tail surfaces must be well understood regarding the impact on flight stability and control, especially at low-speed takeoff, approach and landing conditions, and in the context of thorough multidisciplinary optimization that would account for all design criteria, constraints, and objectives. New contributions to tailless or minimal-tail supersonic long-range flight are of importance to the future of both military and civil aircraft.