Home Engineering Small Unmanned Fixed-Wing Aircraft Design. A Practical Approach
The Other Way Around
Before proceeding to the preliminary design stage, it is worth pausing to consider whether a better layout is only an inversion or two away.
The propulsion systems of the overwhelming majority of small unmanned aircraft already rely on the periodic action of a propeller. But are there any other ways in which a concept could make use of periodic actions? Are there any applications where flapping wings may be warranted? We are still a long way away from replicating insect flight, but this may well be the future of nano air vehicles. The fan wing is another concept that makes use of periodic action to generate lift and thrust in conjunction with a fixed wing.
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