CRP Uses Additive Manufacturing to Construct VTOL UAS

By Caroline Rees / 08 Aug 2013
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CRP Technology (part of the CRP Group), specialists in additive manufacturing and 3D printing materials, has collaborated with FLYING-CAM, a close range aerial filming company, to develop “SARAH” (Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter), an electric VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) MUAS (Miniature Unmanned Aerial System).

Incorporating efficient aerodynamics, innovative automatic flight modes and modular interchangeable payloads all in a portable unit that is quickly deployable, the SARAH system is the result of 7 years R&D from the Flying-Cam Unmanned Aerial System division. Featuring 25 Kg / 55 Lbs take off weight and 30 minutes flight time with a 5 Kg / 11 Lbs payload, SARAH is designed to provide precision Aerial Imagery Intelligence.

SARAH is constructed using CRP Technology’s Windform composite SLS materials, which aided development of the platform by accelerating the iteration process and reducing the manufacturing time. Additive manufacturing and the use of Windform materials offer the best ratio between structural strength and weight and allow the platform to be more easily customized.

CRP Technology developed and supplied the following parts for Flying-Cam’s SARAH system using Additive Manufacturing and Windform materials:
• Airframe structure
• Air guide cooling system
• Tail unit
• Main battery connection

The Flying-Cam SARAH is the first VTOL MUAV providing high precision positioning and navigation. With a heading accuracy of 0,5° and a DGPS with 2,5 cm precision, it offers new possibilities for geo-tracking, from Civil Security to Defense missions.

The Spanish Aerospace Research Centre FADA-CATEC has taken delivery of its first SARAH systems. They are used for air traffic management and general aviation research, technology & development projects in partnership with BOEING, EADS and AIRBUS MILITARY.

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact