UAV design book

Our new book on the design of small fixed wing unmanned aircraft is out  (see this post).

It is accompanied by a couple of software tools, which the reader may choose to include in their own design processes (under the conditions of the GNU General Public License).

First, it contains two Jupyter notebooks to be used for constraint analysis in the first stage of the concept design process, one written in Python 2, another in Python 3. The notebooks are self-contained, save for one package: Kevin Horton’s Aero-Calc. This needs to be installed first before the notebooks can be run (a version translated into Python 3 can be found here). pip can be used to install the Python 2 version of the package (type pip install aerocalc in a terminal window); the Python 3 version can simply be copied to a folder where your Python installation looks for packages.

Second, the reader may wish to make use of some AirCONICS-based parametric geometry scripts, which will build conceptual/preliminary design models of a family of aircraft based one of the designs (Decode 1) described in the book. More details, and the code (appendix.py and its dependencies), can be found here.

Finally, here are a few errors we spotted after the book went to print: errata

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8 thoughts on “UAV design book”

  1. I’ve bought the UAV book and it is simply wonderful !!
    When the Decode-1 script will be available?
    Thank you
    Nick

  2. Hello,

    I have also bought digital version of the book and wanted to try the Airconics with Rhino, but still no codes where uploaded..
    When it will be available?

    Thank you,
    Tugu

  3. András Sóbester said:

    You can now find the Decode-1 code here http://www.soton.ac.uk/~as7/publ/decode1.zip – please make sure you edit the setup file first, adding your own paths.

  4. Thank you András for the upload!

    Is there anyway you could share the codes for Figure 21.7 Student UAV with undersized wings or something with similar design (without tail boom V tail from fuselage and pusher engine)?

    Tugu

    • András Sóbester said:

      Tugu

      As you say, that was a student project. We only have scripted geometry for the twin boom tractor architecture.

      András

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