For a lot of my projects (Raptor V-tail, Laser Rifle, RasPi SmartZoom, etc.) aesthetics are important. In some circumstances, I place form above function, but mostly I try to find a happy fusion of these two aspects of design.
For the Bird of Prey, I think this fusion is easily achievable. Some of my design ideas:
- biomorphic frame design
- translucent skin on wings to provide a view of frame/internals
- frame can be flown as multicopter without skin in high wind conditions
- streamlined cover of sensor payload (camera, LIDAR, etc)