The design and manufacture of Southampton University’s Human Powered Aircraft, 'Lazarus'
Group Members
Charles Dhenin, Tatjana Mandil, Robert Oxford Pope, Yaseen Reza, Tamara Ivancova, Samuel Pearson, and all of the other members of the Southampton University Human Powered Aircraft Society (SUHPA)
British Human Powered Flying Club (BHPFC), Alec Proudfoot
The aim of this project is to design, build, and test a heavier-than-air human powered aircraft to compete in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Icarus Cup. The aircraft must be capable of human-powered takeoff, and sustained human-powered flight. The Southampton University Human Powered Aircraft (SUHPA) society, consisting of students and enthusiasts of all years, have spent the last 12 months designing and building the University’s Lazarus aircraft. The aircraft has a 24-metre wingspan, and weighs in at approximately 45 kg. The 3-metre diameter propeller represents a novel marriage of fibreglass laminate skin with a spar-reinforced fused deposition modelled (FDM) body - producing strong, lightweight blades similar in mass to carbon fibre, at one-tenth of the cost. The aircraft, control surfaces, and main wing can be disassembled for ease of storage and transport. The aircraft’s testing schedule has been delayed as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and a maiden voyage is now expected in late 2020 where pilots from the British Human Powered Flying Club (BHPFC) will fly the aircraft. In 2021, the society will train its own pilots at the university.
Test fitting of the modular aircraft wing demonstrates the scale of the wing


Pilot’s fairing


Lazarus propellor blade showing 3D printed sections