3144. The Crossbow - Blended Wing Body Common Support Aircraft Design for the US Navy (Student paper Cal Poly,SLO)

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Title3144. The Crossbow - Blended Wing Body Common Support Aircraft Design for the US Navy (Student paper Cal Poly,SLO)
Publication TypeConference Paper
Paper Number3144
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsAkers, Patangui, Guzman, Gardenhire, Atwood, Barthel, and Ward
Conference60th Annual Conference, Arlington, Texas, May 19-23
Conference LocationArlington, Texas
PublisherSociety of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.
Date Published5/19/01

Archer Aero is proud to present Crossbow, a Common Support Aircraft designed in response to the 2000-2001 AIAA Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Request for Proposal. The Crossbow incorporates a lightweight design into a unique aircraft that is optimized to perform several missions. Although a blended wing configuration has not been used on carrier suitable aircraft, every aspect of the Crossbow proves that it is capable in meeting every requirement of a highly functional Naval aircraft.

One of the most important aspects of the Navy Common Support Aircraft is its degree of commonality and ability to affordably replace its highly successful predecessors. This is apparent in the design of the Crossbow, particularly, with regard to the manufacturing of this aircraft. The Crossbow utilizes two airframes for the four mission variants; the only difference among them is the aft center body section, which is a convenient manufacturing break point. During the manufacturing stages, mission specific equipment is added to distinguish each variant.

The efforts of Archer Aero have resulted in an innovative but practical solution to the RFP requirements and will prove to be a cost effective replacement for the several aging aircraft in the Navy fleet. The Crossbow not only represents a viable solution to the AIAA design competition, but for the entire CSA program.

Key Words10. Weight Engineering - Aircraft Design
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