The University of North Dakota offers a very unique four-year degree to students looking to major in aerospace, but not necessarily pilot a commercial or military airplane. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree program curriculum at UND prepares students with career objectives aimed at the civil unmanned aircraft systems industry. The Boeing/Insitu Scan Eagle is used by the program as the example platform for the students.
Sir George Cayley, often called the Father of Aeronautics, designed a helicopter powered by a bow-string mechanism with feather blades (similar to the reproduction shown here). Later, he experimented by flying a model with multiple adjustable surfaces, allowing him to understand how every change affected the model’s flight. This model is a ½ scale replica of his original 1804 model. Cayley used the data from these experiments to publish his On Aerial Navigation in 1809.