This concept prioritizes creating the lightest and most streamlined prototype possible. The design rotates the main base platform from perpendicular to parallel to the arm so that the center of mass can be placed can close to the line of travel as possible. The motors were extended as far out as possible to give them maximum airflow with limited resistance.
This concept was designed to strip away all unnecessary parts from the AEV to reduce costs and weight. The motors were placed closer to the center of the AEV to provide a more uniform mass distribution, and the base was a rectangle with rectangular arms for holding the wings and battery only.
This concept was mostly based off the sharp aesthetic values of 3D printed parts, which can provide spacious room for the passengers. The AEV’s motor were placed lean back in aiming at balancing the weight, the propellers were raised higher and closer.
This concept was designed to be simplistic, lightweight, and inexpensive. It uses few parts, and the mass is as evenly distributed as possible. With 2 equidistant motors, the battery located near the front, and the control system near the rear, the design is efficient while staying simple.
When the division met and discussed the various preliminary designs, the members noticed that a lightweight, efficient body that provides sufficient aerodynamics and airflow to the propellers was found across most of the individual designs. The first preliminary team concept AEV drawing implemented that efficiency approach as well as Michael’s parallel base concept in an attempt to reduce air resistance.