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Publication Date


First Advisor

Paul Voss

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science




Engineering, Aerial vehicles, Aerodynamics, Wind tunnel, Radio-controlled aircraft, Drone aircraft-Design and construction, Wind tunnel testing


Small unmanned aircraft are quickly becoming a staple of precision agriculture as they are inexpensive, safe, easy to control, and provide those in the agricultural sector with information about crops difficult to gather from the ground. The goal of this project was to design, build and test and Aircraft for the conditions of the Macleish Field Station. Anaircraft was constructed based upon the design and it was capable of radio­ controlled flight. The wind tunnel was used to quantify the forces on the aircraft in flight. Through unpowered and powered flight tests, the magnitudes of these forces were confirmed to match the predictions calculated from the wind ­tunnel data. The aircraft functioned exactly as predicted, and these flight tests revealed many opportunities to improve efficiency.


2018 Annick Jade Dewald. Access limited to the Smith College community and other researchers while on campus. Smith College community members also may access from off-campus using a Smith College log-in. Other off-campus researchers may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan for personal use.




77 pages : illustrations (some color) Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-69)