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Composites Aerospace

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Working closely with our client, we developed lightweight & rigid solar-powered UAVs that beam internet signal to people in remote, underserved regions.

We put forward manufacturing techniques, proposed materials and designed and specified the direct tooling. From the release of first concept, we manufactured the first prototype in just 9 months. A further 7 air crafts were produced at our dedicated composites facility.

Due to the complex requirements for the 42m wingspan of the UAVs, we worked extensively with the client at the CAD design stage. This ensured that the finished designs were suitable for manufacture from a composite material and also that the tools were correctly specified.

  • 42m Wingspan
  • 125kg Total Weight (without batteries)
  • Compromised of 9 elements (6 Wings / 1 Fuselage / 2 Wingtips)
  • Designed for 90 Days Flight Time at 60-90,000 ft
  • High Modulus Carbon Fibre
  • Out of Autoclave Prepreg

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