Sagitta: Cassidian to work with universities on future UAS technologies
At the Paris Air Show, Cassidian announced that it is launching the Sagitta project, which will conduct basic research into future Unmanned Aerial Systems. This work will be conducted in cooperation with German universities and institutes.
The Sagitta project includes the construction of a flight demonstrator, the purpose of which is to verify the validity and feasibility of the theoretical research results. Flights with the Sagitta flight demonstrator are scheduled for 2014.
The reference configuration for the research work is a tailless flying wing with a wingspan of 12 metres. The demonstrator will initially be built on a scale of 1:4. The first wind tunnel tests have already been successfully completed.
Sagitta is concerned with a total of seven research areas of UAS development: preliminary aircraft design, aerodynamics, flight control systems, communications and data processing, vision-based flight control and air-to-air refuelling, materials and structure, autonomous flight and mission control, simulation and systems integration.