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Mission Specification and Takeoff Weight; Force Balance in Flight

When the design is done, we will know how much the aircraft weighs. But without knowing that, how does one estimate the lift needed? How big should the wings be? How fast and how high should the craft fly to generate so much lift? How much drag is produced and what engines will overcome this drag? How much fuel should we carry? There is no magic to finding a first estimate of the weight of the new aircraft. It's just common sense, book-keeping and Newton's Laws of Motion. Please download the pdf formatted notes here.

 

INTRODUCTION TO DESIGNING A FLIGHT VEHICLE

MISSION SPECIFICATION AND TAKEOFF WEIGHT; FORCE BALANCE
THE ATMOSPHERE
AERODYNAMICS
PROPULSION
PERFORMANCE
STABILITY, CONTROL AND STRUCTURES
HIGH SPEED FLIGHT
SPACE FLIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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