I recently performed an aerodynamic analysis of a fixed-wing UAV with a pusher propeller configuration. I found out that the L/D reduced by about 15% when compared to the body alone without propeller. I am investigating methods to mitigate this problem.
The following are some details about the aircraft, Wing Span = 2.5 m
Fuselage length = 2 m
MTOW = 25 kgs
Tandem wing configuration. The following image is a representative image.
Courtesy: Raytheon Coyote
Any suggestions will really be helpful.