The Propulsion subteam handles the motor(s) used for the plane and will test the propellers' rpm's and thrust. Using flight testing, wind tunnels, and thrust testing, members of this team will analyze and review data in order to determine the best and most efficient motor and propeller to use in order to meet competition requirements. Working with the Electronics subteam, Propulsion designs and build the plane's "power plant" or battery pack. With the usual and most popular options of RC batteries, Lithium Polymer, restricted due to sever fire risks during crashes, the subteam works to minimize weight while maximizing outputs of the Nickel Metal Hydride the team normally uses.
The subteam is responsible for making sure that when we fly, we are flying at the best efficiency possible. This group is an excellent option for aerospace engineering majors but anyone with an interest in propulsion is welcome to join!