Austrian students develop composite drone using Hexcel’s carbon fibre prepregs

  • Industry News
  • Jul 12,21
The composite drone, developed using Hexcel’s HexPly carbon fibre prepregs, was designed by a team of six students from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Wels. They worked on it for 18 months.
Austrian students develop composite drone using Hexcel’s carbon fibre prepregs

Stamford, USA

Hexcel, a global leader in advanced composites technologies, published about the successful maiden flight of its lightweight camera drone. The composite drone, developed using Hexcel’s HexPly® carbon fibre prepregs, was designed by a team of six students from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Wels. 

Hexcel Neumarkt in Austria provided composite materials for the drone’s landing gear and the fuselage. It was one of eight industrial partners supporting the team.

The students were responsible for the complete design, engineering and manufacture of the camera drone over a period of 18 months. Hexcel materials and optimisation of the composite engineering enabled the team to reduce the composite structural mass by an impressive 42% compared to similar drones.

Johanna Arndt, research and technology group leader at Hexcel Neumarkt, said, “It was a pleasure to work with the team. Watching the drone just fly around the Neumarkt plant was just great.”

Michael Rabl, Dean of FH Wels of the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, said, “The joint study not only illustrates the wide range of complex and innovative composite techniques present in the drone sector but also presents the opportunities that exist for further development in the wider Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and aerospace composites markets.”

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