Preparing for flight
Our experience with racing sailboats, and the resulting methods and evaluation tools we have amassed, allow us to confidently tackle complex aircraft briefs. Our pioneering work in 2015 with vertical take-off UAV airframes is a great example. The resulting aircraft types can deal efficiently with an extraordinary performance envelope that goes from zero airspeed (even flying backwards at times) to very slow loiter, to fast cruise. All with varying fuel loads and payloads.
We have high-performance metal or carbon moulds for our production models. Our tooling is based on full 3D CAD models that are then sent to a robotic cutter. This system ensures accuracy because all components are pre-fitted and checked in virtual space. Machined forms can be complex with arbitrary curves and no need for conventional planar reference grids. We can create curved parting planes and multi-split tools with ease and reliability.