3145. The Penguin - Common Support Aircraft Design for the US Navy (Student Paper Cal Poly SLO)

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Title3145. The Penguin - Common Support Aircraft Design for the US Navy (Student Paper Cal Poly SLO)
Publication TypeConference Paper
Paper Number3145
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMayer, Birtalan, Okada, Sabino, Gerber, Pelascini, and Tucay
Conference60th Annual Conference, Arlington, Texas, May 19-23
Conference LocationArlington, Texas
PublisherSociety of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.
Date Published5/19/01

Transcendental Engineering Design is proud to present the Penguin as a contender to the Common Support Aircraft RFP. A single airframe is the basis for all mission variants. The modifications needed to convert the aircraft between its Airborne Early Warning, Carrier Onboard Delivery, Electronic Surveillance, and Anti-Submarine Warfare/Anti-Surface Warfare are relatively small and can be accomplished at a land base. By maximizing commonality between the four mission variants, development and operational costs are minimized. The Penguin uses existing propulsion, materials, and avionics technology to accelerate the development required.

All variants have takeoff weights ranging from 56,000 pounds to 64,000 pounds. The AEW aircraft utilizes an electronically steered array radar, reducing drag and fuel consumption to a point comparable to the other missions. This radar is similar to the Ericsson ERIEYE utilized by the Swedish Air Force. Pallet mounted avionics and systems ensure that the Penguin can be reconfigured readily at a land base if Navy mission requirements vary.

The Penguin is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW800 turbofans. These engines are currently in development and represent the next generation of high-bypass ratio turbofans. Due to the low fuel burn of these engine, all fuel can be carried in the wings or on pylons. The Penguin is capable of serving as a tanker, carrying a total of 30,000 pounds of fuel that may be transferred with the use of standard buddy packs. This paper details the work done by Transcendental Engineering Design to ensure that the Penguin is the most practical solution to the AIAA RFP.

Key Words10. Weight Engineering - Aircraft Design
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