Class of 2026Short Hills, New Jersey
- "Flight Performance Improvements for the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter" with mentor Humberto (Working project)
Flight Performance Improvements for the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter
Started Nov. 2, 2023
Abstract or project description
Kevin will investigate improvements to the airfoils used on the Mars Ingenuity helicopter to increase the performance of the platform. Off-the-shelf NACA airfoils are currently employed but are not optimized for high altitude (i.e., low reynolds number) flight. Kevin will do a deep dive of low reynolds number airfoils to model these airfoils in computer programs, extract pressure distributions, and compare the coefficient of lift and drag to the currently used airfoil. The improvements in lift and drag will then be translated into increases in range/payload. This increased range/payload will enable future missions that can extract more science on Mars and can be used in conjunction with astronauts to increase the exploration radius.