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Airframe

Zagi 60 We will almost certainly be using the Zagi 60 flying wing.

Advantages

  • Strength. This thing won't break!
  • It is light.
  • It glides very well because of the low drag.
  • Has a motor that can be used for powered test flights.

Disadvantages

  • It has practically no natural roll stability, so a constant attitude will have to be maintained in software.
  • It is quite hard to fit equipment inside the wing.

Equipment layout and insulation

The Gumstix is extremely compact, so fitting it inside the wing should not be a problem. Extra insulation will probably be needed, and we will have to work out how thick it should be and what materials are best. Batteries will be as far forward and as low as possible so they will not crush anything on a bumpy landing.

I may modify the servo mountings so the top of the servos can be insulated.

Parachute and balloon

The parachute and balloon can be attached from the rear with the load spread out over the main spar. The parachute can be stored in the cutout for the prop at the rear.

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