Cornwall businesses develop ground breaking composite design for UAVs, thanks to grant funding from AeroSpace Cornwall.

AeroSpace Cornwall has awarded an R&D grant to three businesses in Cornwall, fostering a collaboration that enables them to develop UAV components for Prismatic Ltd, and increase their capability in the aerospace industry.

Composites business, Piran Advanced Composites, design business, Acadmy Ltd and CNC machining business, Digital Fabrications Ltd, are partnering to develop a high performance carbon composite design for Prismatic Ltd.

Based in Hampshire, Prismatic Ltd develop novel space and aerospace systems, including solar powered High Altitude UAVs.  The three businesses in Cornwall are using their grant funding to provide the 5 and 8.75 metre wing sections for two of their UAVs, namely the LASA-5 and the PHASE-8 aircraft.

This joined up approach from the businesses in Cornwall enables them to maximise their product offering to Prismatic Ltd. The process starts with designers from Acadmy Ltd who use Computer Assisted Design (CAD) to design wings for the LASA-5 and the PHASE-8 aircraft.  CNC fabricators, Digital Fabrication, take the designs and cut precise patterns for  the wings.  The process ends with Piran Advanced Composites, who build the moulds and airframes, ready to be integrated into the UAVs by Prismatic and ready for flight trials.

Peter Munro Lott from AeroSpace Cornwall states that the funding offered by the programme is vital for businesses as it enables businesses to collaborate and develop a complete product.  This ‘join the dots’ approach is helping businesses connect and grow in the aerospace and space sectors – enabling them to work with other leading businesses nationally.’

Support is still available for innovative businesses that could contribute to further growth of the Cornish aerospace and space economy. Contact AeroSpace Cornwall for more information on support and funding.

PV3 Technologies Secures Funding Support from AeroSpace Cornwall

A leader in electrochemical materials, PV3 Technologies, are the latest in a line of businesses that have received financial support for an innovation project from AeroSpace Cornwall.

With a grant of £45k, PV3 Technologies are using the support offered to develop advanced coatings for use in lightweight fuel cells of the type used in long range UAV’s.  The Project ‘Fly’ will focus on innovations that will increase the range of fuel cell-powered UAVs, and the manufacturing technology required to deliver the innovation at large scale.

PV3 Technologies’ CEO, Dr David Hodgson said “This project supports product and manufacturing innovations within our business and will facilitate an entry point into the aerospace sector, something new for PV3 Technologies.”

The project will be led by PV3 Technologies’ COO, Dr Nick van Dijk. Nick said “We have an amazing team in PV3 Technologies that are eager to grasp new challenges such as this. We will leverage our core skills, capabilities and know-how to move into a new industry sector.”

Head of Innovation at AeroSpace Cornwall, Gail Eastaugh, ‘We are delighted to be able to support such an innovative company as they move into the energy sector, demonstrating Cornwall’s innovation capabilities.  This technology will radically enhance energy creation in the unmanned aerial vehicle market and should create highly skilled jobs in the future.’

The news about project funding follows on from a successful track record in securing innovation funding for hydrogen, manufacturing and battery projects. PV3 Technologies has recently invested in new laboratory facilities that will be a critical part of this project.

To find out more about Launceston based business, PV3 Technologies go to https://pv3technologies.com/