Nose Revisions, Tail Design, Beam Calculations
Design Team revised the nose design to be fail safe at the cost of an additional ≈0.8 pounds. Previously, the force from the nose mounted motor was transferred to the cabin through the top of the hood and the cross web member it was attached to. Though this created a shear force on the cross web member, it was supported by another beam in tension. While we think this would have worked, Design Team decided adding two more beams to make the design fail safe outweighed the additional weight.
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