UAV Design - Part II

By Prof. Saderla Subrahmanyam   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 328
This course introduces the designing and sizing process (Simulation/Experimental) for fixed – wing UAV technology, integrated with its performance and stability analysis (Static & Dynamic) and prototype testing

Undergraduate and postgraduate students
PREREQUISITES Introduction to Aerodynamics/Flight Mechanics and Design of fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT      : DRDO, HAL, Boeing, Airbus, Bell, McDonnell Douglas, UAV Factory, Lockheed Martin
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Flight Mechanics
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Review of the concepts covered in first part of the course
Week 2: Understanding the static stability of various UAVs. Significance of location of Neutral point and Centre of gravity for a stable flight.
Week 3:  Approach for wing design and airfoil selection with examples
Week 4: Tail sizing, control surface sizing and significance of tail volume ratio with examples
Week 5: Developing subroutine for design process
Week 6: Design example for conventional takeoff fixed wing UAV for various mission requirements
Week 7:  Design example for hand launch fixed wing UAV for various mission requirement
Week 8: Design example for VTOL fixed wing UAV for various mission requirement

Books and references

• Introduction to Flight by John D. Anderson
• Performance, Stability, Dynamics, and Control of Airplanes by Bandu N. Pamadi
• Aircraft performance and design by John D. Anderson
• Unmanned Aircraft Design A review of fundamentals by Mohammad H. Sadraey
• Gundlach J.: “Designing Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A comprehensive Approach”, AIAA Publishing Company, Inc., 2012.
• Aircraft Design : A Conceptual Approach by Daniel P. Raymer
• Unmanned Aircraft Systems : UAVs Design Development and Deployment by Reg Austin
• Small Unmanned Fixed-wing Aircraft Design: A Practical Approach by Andrew J. Keane and James P. Scanlan

Instructor bio

Prof. Saderla Subrahmanyam

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Subrahmanyam Saderla obtained his B.Tech (Aeronautical Engineering) from JNTU, Hyderabad in 2008, M.Tech and Ph.D (Aerospace Engineering) from IIT Kanpur during 2010 and 2015 respectively. Later he joined as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of aerospace and software engineering at Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea. At present he is working as an assistant professor in the department of aerospace engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His current area of interest lies in real time system identification of unmanned aerial vehicles. His research interests also include design, flight tests and parameter estimation, high angle of attack aerodynamic modelling and dynamic wind tunnel testing as well as experimental flight dynamics, chaotic modelling using Artificial Neural Networks.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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