Category Archives: Applications & Testing & Experience

Project Wing Expands Testing in Australia

Over the past few years, Project Wing has conducted thousands of flights to get our drone delivery technology ready for everyday use. In early 2016, we successfully completed our first drone deliveries to members of the public in an open field at Virginia Tech University. This fall we’ve been testing in a rural community on the border of the ACT and NSW and tackling an entirely different level of operational complexity: making deliveries directly to people’s yards. Continue reading

Scaled Composites Completes First Flight of New Experimental Aircraft, Model 401

Scaled Composites has announced the rollout and first flight of its most recent project, experimental aircraft Model 401. Scaled worked with a proprietary customer to build two vehicles to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and to provide aircraft for research flight services to industry partners and the United States government. Continue reading

3D Printed Titanium Mach 0.8 Rocket Powered Drone

3D printing gives manufacturers the power to create parts that cannot be built cost-effectively with other processes. In this video, Mark Kirby, manager of additive manufacturing at Renishaw Canada, shows off a special project for a North American aerospace customer: the Firefly, a 3D printed titanium rocket-powered drone that can fly at nearly supersonic speeds, with onboard telemetry and a spring-released wing. Continue reading

Volz Servos’ DA 15-N Actuators Achieve 200,000+ Flight Hours in Aerosonde Mk4.7 since 2010

Aerosonde on Launcher

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems division has been utilizing Volz Servos‘ DA 15-N actuators on their Aerosonde Mk4.7 Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) since 2010 supporting US DoD ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) services contracts. Continue reading