Our enthusiastic team of engineering students is constantly developing and optimizing their fleet of aircraft. Creating an aircraft requires a process of designing, fabricating and testing. Many components need to function in synchrony, such as aerodynamics, strength, control feedback, communication and pilot control skills. Our team of future engineers can contribute to a more sustainable aviation in the future. Small scale remote controlled airplane testing is an efficient way of modelling aerodynamics and control stabilization.

The team’s mission is to do research in renewable and powerful energy carriers for future aviation using the latest technology to eventually beat the Guinness World speed record of high speed model aircraft, currently set at 752 km/h. In addition, this project will contribute to the development of future fuels and propulsion towards sustainable aviation.

Currently, our hanger features different model aircraft sizes powered by a propeller, Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) or micro gasturbine jet, each with their own specific research goal.

Research topics:

  • Design & Construction
    • Airplane design
    • Aerodynamics & Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Construction strength analysis
  • Future Fuels
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Combustion chamber design
    • Fuel tank
    • Sustainability and zero-emissions
  • Control & Stability
    • Autopilot (control feedback)
    • Power electronics
    • Telemetry
  • Testing
    • Stabilized flight
    • High speed record

Below, more information can be found about the different RC model aircraft we are currently flying (or constructing).

Moreover, the team is testing different motor types using dynamic wind blower test setup. Various types of remote controlled engines from a 3D printed EDF to jet turbine are being tested by engineering students from our team in our TU/e testing facility to analyze specifications.