Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair(s)

Douglas Hunsaker (Committee Chair)


Douglas Hunsaker


Stephen Whitmore


Zhongquan Zheng


Morphing trailing edge technology can provide the ability to dynamically alter the twist distribution, and therefore lift distribution, of an aircraft during flight. There are certain optimal lift distributions which can be chosen to create proverse yawing effects and eliminate the need for vertical control surfaces. The purpose of this project is to support the design and testing of a morphing, crescent flying wing airframe which will be used to evaluate yaw control in an aircraft without vertical control surfaces. There are three main objectives of this project, which are to perform static and dynamic analysis on the crescent wing design, develop electronics capable of mapping three pilot inputs to eleven control surface outputs, and ultimately build and flight test the aircraft. This report details the completion of these objectives, the final design of the aircraft and internal systems, and the results from each flight test completed.