Group 18 - Syma S033G RC Chopper (Battery Powered)

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The purpose of this project is to allow students to broaden their perspectives on engineering decisions, hone their engineering skills and relate the material thought in class to the successful accomplishment of this project. Students also get to experience what it would be like to work as an engineer in the future as they are required to work in groups, overcome challenges faced together and meet the set deadlines. Over the course of this project, we will be dissecting our product and analyzing its components to find their functions and how they contribute to the overall system.


The product that was chosen to be dissected for this project is the Syma S033G RC Chopper. This remote control helicopter is a coaxial helicopter and is the largest helicopter of the Syma brand, measuring approximately 700 mm in length. Once fully charged, the helicopter has a flight time of 6-10 minutes. It has a flight height of approximately 50 meters and can be controlled from its remote controller in the range of 100 meters. This helicopter has 2 modes which enable both beginners and experts to use it.

The reason for this choice is this product has many mechanical components and we decided it would be interesting for us to learn how these mechanical components make this RC helicopter fly. A product proposal was written and handed over to the instructors of the MAE 277 course, Professor Phillip Cormier and Professor Andrew Olewnik, and was approved by them.

Syma S033 RC Helicopter Syma S033 RC Helicopter

Executive Summary

Our product is the Syma S033G battery powered RC Chopper. The product is a mid-sized remote controlled helicopter. The objective of our project was to dissect, analyze, and document our findings about the RC helicopter. After we dissected the helicopter, we had to reassemble our helicopter and document the process and findings of our assembly. In gates one through four, we analyzed what each component do, how many components are there, how they are made, and what subsystems they belong in and how they flowed to one another. We also specifically analyze one component with engineering analysis, where we examine the component in depth. We also proposed design revisions for our RC chopper that we think would improve it and affect GSEE factors. The RC helicopter have many different mechanisms in it, we decided to analyze the flight mechanism and the gear mechanism of the helicopter. We discuss how it works, what governing equations are there, and an in depth analysis of it.

Aside from the technical work, we also had to manage our group and determine what each group member was responsible for, and set timelines for ourselves se we can meet the given timelines. Fashioning our project in a presentable manner was important also. We had to format the wiki page in a legible coherent manner where the reader can follow what we did step by step and not get lost in the process of it.

Syma S033 RC Helicopter

Group Members

Name Email
Vishnu Nair Aravindakshan
Yu Jin Goh
Meng Duan
Zelei Li
Man Kit Wu


To ensure the smooth flow of the project throughout the semester, 5 project gates have been set where certain tasks must be completed by the due date for evaluation. The 5 gates are the following: