What is the Propulsions team?

We are in charge of the electric motor, NiMH/LiPo battery, Electronic Speed Controller (ESC), and Propeller(s). We optimize combinations of these components and associated calculations. Some design goals include: high thrust and low weight configuration, minimize take-off distance, long endurance flights, high cruise speed, and high efficiency electronics.

As a propulsions team member, you will:

  • Analyze test stand data to verify expected performance of propulsion system configuration
  • Solder all electronic hardware and connection that constitute the propulsion system the plane
  • Utilize SolidWorks to create CAD models of motor mounts, manufactured using 3D Printing
  • Calculate expected flight time, airspeed, and mission performance through MATLAB coding