Cobra to Exhibit UAV & VTOL Platforms at XPONENTIAL 2024

At XPONENTIAL 2024 in San Diego, Cobra will present the ultimate prepreg eFoil board, and showcase production options for the UAV market, including the Swiftlet tactical fixed-wing platform and twin rotor VETAL drone By Joe Macey / 17 Apr 2024
Cobra International at XPONENTIAL 2024
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Cobra International and the company’s Composite Drone Division business unit will be showcasing at XPONENTIAL 2024.

At XPONENTIAL, which runs from 22 to 25 April in San Diego, California, Cobra will show how its in-house design and development team work with external structural engineering partners Composite Design Studio (CDS) to reverse engineer existing composite structures.

Radek Michalik, Managing Director of CDS, will demonstrate how this re-engineering approach provides scalable, cost-effective manufacturing options for drone manufacturers seeking alternative production routes, also allowing companies to create a manufacturing base in Asia.

Cobra will also highlight how it combines composites with the assembly of electronics, as it presents the ultimate prepreg eFoil board – a Marc Newson collaboration with Flite.

Also on display on the Cobra stand will be a fully assembled 5.5m wingspan Swiftlet unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform. This compact tactical fixed wing UAV platform was developed by the Royal Thai Air Force and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) for a broad range of survey, monitoring and search and rescue (SAR) operations.

In addition, the Cobra team will also exhibit the VETAL drone, a twin rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform with a composite airframe manufactured by Cobra for an Asian client.

Jaap Ruwaard, owner of Scabro Innovations BV, the Dutch specialist composite manufacturing company, will also be available for discussions on the Cobra booth.

Composite Drone Division and Scabro Innovations will work together, with the Thai partners providing exceptional volume manufacturing and Scabro offering structural design and production line development for European blended wing drone manufacturers. The two companies will highlight their unique synergies, with Scabro also bringing prototyping, material development and processing knowledge to the table alongside their design expertise.

Danu Chotikapanich, CEO, Cobra International, said; “We are looking forward to the AUVSI show in San Diego, as it brings together so many decision makers and key stakeholders from the unmanned systems sector.

Cobra and its Composite Drone Division will showcase our wide range of production options for the UAV market, optimizing composite design specifically for efficient production and providing large scale series production. Now that we’ve added assembly of complex composite and electronic systems to the manufacturing mix at Cobra, we are now able to offer UAV customers a dedicated one-stop-shop for airframes, structures, and components.”

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