I build and flew something similar to you need...
Horace: All good points you make and certainly, if your goals include improving the knowledge and skill base for the local community and building capacity in this area, then developing your own solution is a reasonable approach to take. I would suggest though that hiring in some key people to enable knowledge transfer would be a sound approach - while your local scientific and engineering community may have a sound base upon which to learn, it's always a lot less painful when you're being taught by (or can observe) an expert, rather than following the trial and error approach.
Sorry for my absence I have been busy on some other stuffs so I was not able to update you guys. We have made several modifications to our design and is now looking to build a model that has a maximum range of 25km and a flight duration of upwards of 3 hours. My designer is still working on the model and we will share it as soon as possible.
I am now accelerating development because of the arrival of a "competition".. that is in quotes for a certain reason.
BTW could the two persons interested in providing technical advice please contact me?
What exactly you mean?
interested in providing technical advice
As in: Help with finalizing an airframe design
Every job cost a money. You ready for pay?