[Kwara]–Kwara State University, Malete, has announced that students in its department of Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering are currently designing an aircraft that can fly using car engine.
The announcement was made by Professor Leonald Daniel on Thursday while delivering an Inaugural lecture titled: “Aeronautics and Astronautics: The Paradigm Shift in Nigeria’s Space Exploration and Development’’.
He said that the team had employed a design and stimulation tools such as the American Computer-aided engineering software (Ansys), a software for finite element analysis (Abacus) and computer-aided engineering in its preliminary design evaluation of the future Aero Astro aircraft.
The professor, who is also the Provost, College of Engineering and Technology of the University, said that the students of the department had earlier designed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which was demonstrated at an exhibition in Abuja. He said that this was a milestone in the development of Aeronautic and Astronautic programme for the country.
“From silent, efficient global transportation to personal or on-demand flight that frees us from roads, and to autonomous air vehicles for delivery of information and goods, the future of flight promises to look very different from today.
“In partnership with our government and industrial sponsors, our aircraft design research team focuses on these enabling technologies and their application to future flight concepts.
“According to him, the institution’s fundamental and applied research efforts in the area of autonomous system and controls focus on enabling greater levels of autonomy on land, sky and space.
“Our current applications of interest include robotic transportation networks, mapping and navigation in extreme environments, planning and control for agile robotic systems, air traffic management, and space robotics,” he said.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg