College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Aerospace Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Aerospace Engineering



Primary Advisor

Kurt Colvin, College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department


The Upturn was donated to Cal Poly in October 2012 by Neal Saiki from NTS. Our project was to replicate the old system to decrease the turn-around time in case of a crash during a test flight. The control system for the Upturn II was designed with the same considerations that were used for the Upturn. The result we got was inconclusive for the sensor selection, the new control system is heavier than the old system, and we couldn’t validate the system without doing a flight test. For the next iteration if some of the replication requirements are relaxed the system could reduce weight due to an optimal size for the components. The objective of this report is to detail the process and implementation used to arrive at the system as it stands at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, so it may be easily be used by those wishing to continue work on this system.