The Aero group started the semester off by first doing a study of previous years DBF aircraft. Collecting specs from every DBF aircraft we could find, trends were developed to get first level numbers on our aircraft.
From there using various book methods and XFLR5 the model was furthered developed. This eventually lead to having the basic numbers for airfoil, chord, span, and with help from the structures group a first weight estimate. With all the basics determined the only part left was the fuselage construction and aircraft layout. For this a full 3D model was developed.
Aero has also been leading the effort to design an MDO code to help optimize our design and future designs.