Wei Han

Ph.D. candidate in Ingegneria Aerospaziale , 39th cycle (2023-2026)
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (DIMEAS)



Research topic

Martian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) conceptual design and optimization


Research interests

Aircraft Parameter Estimation
Computational Fluid Dynamics


The main objective of this research is to explore the possibility of flying an aircraft on Mars. The most challenging part is generating sufficient lift force in Mars' low-density, low-pressure, and low-temperature atmosphere, considering the effect of gusts and radiation. Other important considerations include scientific payloads, energy supply systems, take-off and landing methods, and the method of launch and deployment. A conceptual UAV design should be performed and its performance should be verified by CFD experiments.