Thanks to the amazing donations from our community, we were able to reach our goal of $2000! If you'd still like to contribute to the Aerospace Club's Project Icarus, head over to and search for our fund ID: GR142.

Your generous donations are much appreciated, and will help us inspire the next generation of engineers at Boise State. 

Project Icarus - Harnessing the Sun for Flight

Raised toward our $2,000 Goal
28 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 30, at 10:09 AM MST
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Project Icarus - Harnessing the Sun for Flight

During the 2018 school year, the Boise State University Aerospace Club will be designing and constructing Project Icarus. Icarus will be a solar powered, remotely controlled UAV. The goal of this plane is to fly nonstop for seven hours while covering 250 Km.


Icarus will be based on a delta wing design and will have its surface covered with solar panels. The solar panels will charge an on board battery which will power a propeller at the rear of the plane. The panels will also have the ability to directly power the propeller during certain situations. At the front of the plane will be a First Person View (FPV) camera which allow the pilot to view what the plane sees in real time. This will allow the pilot to fly the plane with ease even at great distances from the plane itself.  


Project Icarus will allow club members to gain hands on experience in the design, prototyping and testing processes that will come with the project. Club members will learn how to work as a group and will gain valuable experience which they can apply towards their future careers.


This project won’t only be for its club members. Icarus will have several other on board cameras which will allow “passengers” to view real time video from the plane while in flight. These cameras will allow us to share our project and show the capabilities of RC technology at STEM events and schools around the Treasure Valley.


In order to fund Project Icarus, we need support from you. Please consider donating any amount of money to help get Icarus off the ground. On the right, you will see some donation levels to give you an idea of what you donation goes towards. 


*If you prefer to write a check, make it out to the Boise State Foundation and send any of the leaders an email. To see our emails, click on our pictures in the top right!





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Electrical Connectors

A donation of this size lets us beef up our electrical connections, giving us better control over the plane.


Solar Panels

A donation of this size allows us to harness more energy from the sun.


Servo Upgrade

A donation of this size gives lets us upgrade our motors, giving us better control of Icarus.


Motor Upgrade

A donation of this size will enable us to outfit Icarus with a robust motor, making sure it stays in the air.


Training Plane

A donation of this size will go towards a training plane, so that the pilot of Icarus is well trained and experienced.


First Person View System

A donation of this size lets us control Icarus as though we are in the pilot’s seat.


Passenger Cameras

A donation of this size will let others enjoy views from Icarus with additional live-feed cameras