Design of fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

By Prof. Saderla Subrahmanyam   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1181
This course introduces the initial designing and sizing process for rapidly growing fixed – wing UAV technology, integrated with its performance and stability analysis and prototype testing

Undergraduate and postgraduate students

Introduction to Aerodynamics

DRDO, HAL, Boeing, Airbus, Bell, McDonnell Douglas, UAV Factory, Lockheed Martin

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Aerospace Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to fixed-wing UAVs ,Introduction to Design, Basic Design Parameters
Week 2 : Basic Design Parameters contd…, Design Algorithm: Case Study, Design Algorithm: Mission Requirements
Week 3 :Design Algorithm: Feasible Design Parameters, Configuration Layout: Airfoil Selection,Configuration Layout: Planform Geometry selection
Week 4 : Weight and CG Estimation,Analytical Parameter Estimation, Analytical Parameter Estimation contd…
Week 5 : Performance and Stability Analysis,Performance and Stability Analysis contd… ,Performance and Stability Analysis contd….
Week 6 : Simulation, Simulation contd… , Detailed Sizing.
Week 7 : Estimation of inertial properties using 3D modelling, Prototype Fabrication.
Week 8 : Wind Tunnel Testing, Aerodynamic Characterization through Wind Tunnel Testing.

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
  • 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: 25 September 2022 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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