Doug Hunsaker (right) has created a free, online 3D software for the design of safe and efficient small autonomous vehicles.

A Utah State University aerospace engineer is offering the public a free software tool that could revolutionize the drone industry. Doug Hunsaker, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at USU, is offering a 3D online software program that generates aerodynamic information about a user’s aircraft design.

MachUp lets a user design an aircraft, and the software calculates aerodynamic information about that design. The program will generate lift, drag, stability, and trim data for any design. The software could prove to be a valuable resource for companies developing small autonomous aircraft.