Following development and testing of core elements, “Sagitta”, Cassidian’s future Unmanned Aerial Systems’ (UAS) research program is entering a two year integration and testing phase, culminating in a first test flight in 2015. The integration of the aircraft is taking place at Cassidian’s Military Air Systems Center Manching, close to Munich. The reference configuration for the research work is a tailless flying wing with a wingspan of 12 metres. The demonstrator will initially be built on a scale of 1:4. The first wind tunnel tests have already been successfully completed.
After 2 years of intense design work, the first parts of the extremely light-weight carbon fibre structure are now in production, and a dedicated system integration rig has been setup to start assembly of the individual avionic components and to perform the required hardware-in-the-loop simulations. The integration will span one year, and complete by the end of 2014.