Originally designed for the film industry, this UAV helicopter features a robust carbon fibre chassis. The flexible chassis design can cater for multiple payloads and contains the motor capable of taking the helicopter up to speeds of 70 knots (129kph) and flight times up to 3 hrs.
The Cybird 5 designed by Cybertechnologies WA Pty. Ltd., Features an all composite airframe with removable wings, retractable undercarriage and a fuselage that breaks down into 3 parts for easy transport.
A 2.9m wingspan and all up dry weight of 34kg, lets the jet turbine take this plane in excess of 270 knots (500kph) airspeed. Fitted with a fully autonomous autopilot the Cybird 5 manages take-offs and landings on a standard runway.
Designed by Cybertechnologies WA Pty. Ltd. and constructed by Composite Components, the Cybereye 2 is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle. The all composite airframe structure was designed by Composite Components using CAD modelling to qualify all aspects of the build, prior to construction taking place.
Starting with an outer surface defining the fuselage and a specific airfoil section, flap, aileron and wing span dimensions to define the wing. We drew all the surfaces, allowed for part thicknesses and placed the bulkheads. Wiring looms were allowed for and the flap actuation mechanics drawn and confirmed for degrees of movement.
After the client signed off the design work we set about creating master patterns, generating moulds and finally the wing components themselves. The plane was sub assembled and subsequently taken for test flights in WA, the first 2 were exported to the Royal Thai Air Force in December.
On the specifications side, Cybereye 2 is equipped with a 100cc engine which can deliver speeds of 160 kph with a maximum ceiling of 15,000 feet, an endurance of 10 hours and can be fitted with a camera which is capable of feeding video images in back to a ground station.
An all composite target drone is also part of composite components product range. The UAV predominantly uses fiberglass in the airframe and a unique RTM carbon fibre main spar to adequately distribute the high loads from the wings into the fuselage during flight.
The compact Air vehicle or CAV represents an exciting new flight technology with a unique way of flying that has many advantages over conventional aircraft such as aeroplanes and helicopters. Currently under development are two types of CAV; the Hoverpod and the Mupod.
The hoverpod uses composites extensively to reduce the overall weight of the craft and deliver maximum strength and longevity to the design. The rotor is a prime example of this use; weighing only 6kg the rotor fan can shift 50m2 of air per second.
The Mupod is a micro unmanned CAV, at one quarter the size of the Hoverpod it has vertical take off and landing (VTOL) capability, stable hovering and low noise thanks to electric motors.
As weight and strength are integral to this project every component is built, reviewed and improved. Its chassis, rotor, stator and other composite assemblies are all carbon fibre and acutely detailed to maximise aerodynamic and flight efficiency.
With a diameter of only 600 mm in flight, all up weight of 3.5kg, the Mupod is narrow enough to fly indoors and light enough to be easily transportable.
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