Senior Theses

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Publication Date


Document Type

Thesis (Linfield Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physics



Faculty Advisor(s)

Joelle Murray (Thesis Advisor)
Jennifer Heath & Michael Crosser (Committee Members)

Subject Categories

Navigation, Guidance, Control and Dynamics | Physics | Power and Energy


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a technology quickly emerging as a solution in numerous sectors including disaster relief, crop dusting, border enforcement, and commercial delivery. While delivery UAVs are already in use, a compact vehicle capable of delivery in an urban environment is not yet a reality. In this thesis I consider the flight efficiency and performance, propulsion systems, and vehicle configuration requirements needed to build a compact delivery drone capable of carrying a 1-pound payload within a 1-mile radius.