Flying Wing Experimental Aircraft

 
Nimbus-Flying Wing High Technology

The Nimbus is heavy duty remotely controlled flying-wing aircraft designed as a test and measurement platform for further development of a special flying wing technology. The swept-wing flying wing was designed with a bell-shaped lift distribution and shows excellent flight performance despite higher induced resistance.

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Konzept

In 2001, the concept, development and construction began, which was rewarded with a successful maiden flight after 8 years.

Link to the video of the certification flight: https://youtu.be/pmPw-P9ZfHY

The Nimbus flying wing project was only possible because of the concept to the technical acceptance by the unique commitment of numerous students. With the initiators and main developers Ulrich Schäfer and Helge Hillreiner, the student developers and constructors of the Nimbus, the Aachen University of Applied Sciences as promoters and the support of Up2-Tec, there is a solid basis for further research and development in the field of flying wing technology.

 
Nimbus-Flying Wing High Technology

The Nimbus is heavy duty remotely controlled flying-wing aircraft designed as a test and measurement platform for further development of a special flying wing technology. The swept-wing flying wing was designed with a bell-shaped lift distribution and shows excellent flight performance despite higher induced resistance.

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Konzept

In 2001, the concept, development and construction began, which was rewarded with a successful maiden flight after 8 years.

Link to the video of the certification flight: https://youtu.be/pmPw-P9ZfHY

The Nimbus flying wing project was only possible because of the concept to the technical acceptance by the unique commitment of numerous students. With the initiators and main developers Ulrich Schäfer and Helge Hillreiner, the student developers and constructors of the Nimbus, the Aachen University of Applied Sciences as promoters and the support of Up2-Tec, there is a solid basis for further research and development in the field of flying wing technology.

Cooperation Network

 

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 University of Applied Sciences Aachen

  Up2-Tec Prototyping GbR

 

Ulrich Schäfer
Tel.:       +49 241 6009-52371
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Dipl.-Ing. Roman Holtz
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Dipl.-Ing. Helge Hillreiner
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  Stuko LuRa    
  Philipp Goslar
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Anfahrt

    
 

Up2-Tec/ Stuko LuRa c/o FH Aachen,

FB6 Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik
Hohenstaufenallee 6
52064 Aachen

 

  • aachen central station (main exit on the left side) B264 direction: Schanz
  • turn left after the second traffic light to Mozartstrasse
  • follow the road half right on Hohenstaufenallee
  • After the underpass/ intersection Goethestraße turn right twice to the lower parking area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developement

With this flying wing concept, special aerodynamic theories have been put into practice to ensure safe and stable flight behavior.

The numerically examined and structural-mechanical design of the GFK / CFK composite construction is vibration-proof and incorporates aeroelastic aspects.

Ultralight burst protection provides increased safety in the event of engine damage.

Schnitt Triebwerke

The two engines TJ70 Raptor Frank Turbine provide with each up to 160 N a sufficient thrust.

Further details about the engines can be found at: http://www.frankturbine.com

Experimental Platform for Investigation of

  • rudder moments

  • lift distributions

  • center of lift

  • twist distribution aeroelastic behavior

  • part variable wing geometry

  • examination of the stability measurement

  • flight mechanics investigations

Testing

After the completion of the prototype in mid-2009, the flight testing was started. All flight-relevant data was recorded on board and digitally transmitted to the ground station in real time with several video images. Multiple redundant transmission paths of the telemetry equipment support a safe flight. In future tests, the rudder decoupling and, if necessary, the integrated rescue system will be tested.

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Nimbus Flug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Control

The remote control is relatively simple and direct, it requires no special control technology or computer support for performing maneuvers.

In addition, a sophisticated wireless measurement technology offers the possibility of continuous monitoring at the ground station. A real-time fieldbus (TTP-A) is available for various measurement and control tasks.

NimbusBodenstation