Who we are.

AeroDelft is a TU Delft Dream Team, member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions and corresponding member of the Idaflieg. The team was founded by two students at the aerospace faculty in October 2017 and now consists of 30 students at the TU Delft and three other universities across Europe, from Bachelor to PhD level. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers and challenge norms to promote sustainable aviation.

Project Phoenix.

Project Phoenix, AeroDelft’s flagship project, aims to design and build the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft. The aircraft is based on the e-Genius, a fully-electric motor glider designed at the TU Stuttgart which took part in the NASA/CAFE Green Flight Challenge 2011. Phoenix will be capable of carrying 2 people a distance of 2000km at 200km/h – that is enough to fly to almost any part of Europe from the Netherlands on one tank of fuel! And all the while, the only thing produced by Phoenix’s engine is water vapour.

Project Phoenix also represents the future of aerodynamic efficiency by fully incorporating a radical drag reduction system into the design of the aircraft. Boundary layer suction works by sucking in the slower moving layer of air just above the wing, known as the boundary layer, into the wing through thousands of tiny holes. By doing so, the drag caused by friction on the surface of the wing is reduced and the airflow remains laminar. The air is then pumped and blown out of the back of the aircraft to complete the cycle. The system promises to reduce fuel consumption and drag by 10% in comparison to conventional aircraft of the same type.

Follow AeroDelft on social media to keep up to date with Project Phoenix. The project officially started in September 2018, and we are accepting applicants to help us make Phoenix fly from February 2019. Are you interested in working full- or part-time in aerodynamics, structures of propulsion? Or are you more of a manager? Are you looking for a thesis or an internship? Make sure to check out our Join Us page to find out how to apply!

Project Talaria.

AeroDelft’s first project was Project Talaria, an entry into the GoFly Competition, an international competition sponsored by Boeing to design and build a personal flying device. The device must be able to take off and land vertically, known as VTOL, and carry a single passenger at least 20 miles at 80km/h. Project Talaria is now independent of AeroDelft, more information can be found at talaria.aero.

Since the device is designed for the market, it must also be optimised for use by anyone, anywhere. A straightforward steering system is thus required, and the goal is to eventually make the device fully autonomous. For use in urban areas, the device must also be optimised to reduce noise impact and must be below 70dB at 50ft. This is roughly equivalent to a lawnmower at your feet.

The competition culminates in the final fly-off, which will take place in the United States in October 2019. An exact date and location is yet to be announced, but with prize money totalling $1,600,000 who wouldn’t be excited?