The first wind tunnel tests have been completed on Cassidian's Sagitta UAV demonstrator, and the demonstration project has entered the integration phase. (Cassidian)
Cassidian’s Sagitta UAV demonstration project has entered the integration phase. A flight demonstrator will be built to demonstrate advanced UAV technologies, with the first Sagitta flight scheduled for 2015, according to a Cassidian announcement.
The first wind tunnel tests have been completed on the Sagitta demonstrator, which will be a tailless flying wing with a wingspan of 12 meters, and built at a 1:4 scale.
“After two years of intense design work, the first parts of the extremely light-weight carbon fiber structure are now in production, and a dedicated system integration rig has been set up to start assembly of the individual avionic components and to perform the required hardware-in-the-loop simulations,” Cassidian said.
The Sagitta project will research several aspects of UAVs, including design, aerodynamics, flight controls, communications and data processing, aerial refueling and simulations.