The Aeronautics Project consists of 6 sub-systems. Each sub-system is responsible with a different role in the aircraft design and manufacturing process.
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The Structural sub-system is responsible for the structural integrity and durability of the aircraft. In order to archive these the sub-system conducts research on materials and performs the necessary dynamic analysis to ensure the structural integrity of various components. Moreover the sub-system takes place in various choices regarding the aircraft's configuration and conducts studies on its weight and position of Center of Gravity.
The Hardware Development sub-system's main responsibilities are the development of flight measurement systems, the collection, and processing of flight data, the implementation of a telemetry system in cooperation with the Communications sub-system, as well as the UAVs' electric equipment, such as servomotors, batteries and ESCs (Electronic Speed Controllers).
The Solar Energy Management (SEM) sub-system deals with solar panels, charging circuits and rechargeable batteries. UAV energy balance analysis is conducted so as to make proper selections. Our research aims to achieve great autonomy for our solar-powered UAV through maximum utilization of solar energy.
The Aerodynamics Design sub-system is responsible for the overall geometry of the aircraft. Specifically the sub-system deals with initial sizing and performance assessment of the UAV, but also conducts the necessary aerodynamic and stability analysis to ensure that the mission parameters are fulfilled.
The Software Development subsystem's main responsibilities are the research and development of an autopilot system and the development of a fire recognition system for the solar-powered UAV Phoenix.
The Communications subsystem's main responsibility is the development of telecommunication systems, which will allow us to monitor flight data in real-time, as well as to remotely control the solar-powered UAV Phoenix.