The Aeronautics Project began with the birth of ASAT, in October of 2015. Its goal was to join the Air Cargo Challenge 2017, the International student heavy load flight competition. The efforts began with the conceptualization of our first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Nephele I, our experimental layout through which the team tested its abilities in calculating as well as in constructing a UAV. Since the effectiveness of the first monoplane model was proved the students went through with designing Nephele II, a hybrid balsa/carbon aircraft. Its characteristics are the light, high lift skeleton, the variable geometry and its cheap and fast construction and repair. Our participation in ACC Zagreb 2017 marked the first huge success of ASAT. Our team emerged as the 12 th between 36 participations and won the first place among the newcomers. The new academic year begins with new goals; the improvement of the monoplane platform Nephele and the study of one more air cargo carrier platform.
In order for the above to be accomplished, Aeronautics is separated into 3 subteams:
It is responsible for the aerodynamic design of each platform. In particular, the
members of this team specialize in examining the geometry of the plane by
analyzing the parameters that are required for flying. The tools that are used are
Excel, Matlab and CFD.
This subteam is tasked with the structural study of the platform. The members are responsible for finding the proper mechanisms, connections of the individual parts, operating systems such as the landing gear and finally, the suitable construction materials.
STABILITY AND CONTROL
It is responsible for the stability of the plane while it is flying and its electronic support. In particular, its members are examining the control surfaces of the aerial vehicle, are predicting its dynamic behavior and are trying to create the proper hardware and software that is going to provide information about the plane’s flight.