Low-Cost Test Platform UAV Could be the Holy Grail for Future Aircraft

Low-Cost Test Platform UAV Could be the Holy Grail for Future Aircraft

PTERA is a scale 737 unmanned aerial vehicle with big implications for the world of commercial aircraft.

Created by aerospace engineering company Area-I in Georgia, PTERA is the unmanned Prototype-Technology Evaluation and Research Aircraft yielding inexpensive flight research for commercial aircraft and NASA, and it’s using 3D Printing in a few instrumental ways.

PTERA serves as a “bridge between wind tunnel and manned flight testing by enabling the low-cost, low-risk flight-based evaluation of a wide array of high risk technologies,” says Area-I’s CEO Dr. Nicholas Alley. This unmanned aircraft serves as a laboratory in which new aerodynamic technologies can be flown and tested for a “fraction of the cost of a manned flight test program,” says Alley. “It’s a testbed with a large payload capacity that facilitates risk-mitigating, flight-based evaluations of sensors, payloads, guidance and control systems, and advance

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  1. osgoh
    June 11, 2014 06:11 Reply

    Australian company uses 3D printing for it’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

    The CyberQuad is an Australian made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed by Cyber Technology in Western Australia that uses 3D printing for the production of it’s parts, not just for prototyping. It is interesting that this is one of the first waves of waves of manufacturers using the ability to make extremely complex, lightweight parts in in extreme conditions from military applications, to investigate chemical spills/napping employees, or to just peer through your window.

    http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1065-3d-printed-surveillance-uavs-hovering-over-australia.html

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