Our Hi quality RC jet product have lead us to work in the UAV field.
AVIATION DESIGN is also specialized in the design and the building of jet powered unmanned vehicules.
We design and manufacture UAV, drone or aerial targets for different famous company.
We own a large CNC 5 axis machining center for mzking molds or plugs from hard resin or aluminium block.
We are able to make prototype or small quantity production, from 50 cm (20") to up to 10 m (30 ft) meter wingspan, from 400 grammes (1 lbs) to up to 150 kg (330 lbs).
We are also specialist in small turbine (from 5 to 100 daN).
We custom build electronic systems for UAV.
In 1999, Dassault Aviation (Rafale, Mirage and Falcon manufacturer) asked us to study with their team and build in our factory a prototype of stealthy UAV : the "Petit Duc".
It was developped to valid aerodynamic and radar cross section models for stealthy UAVs.
This UAV is the precusor to a full size pilotless combat aircraft destined to accompany the Rafale fighter. The principal objective in designing the Petit Duc was to achieve the lowest possible radar signature. The radar cross section is about the same as a sparrow.
Petit Duc was developped by a small Dassault Aviation team with our company and it was built in our factory in 8 months.
The first Petit Duc made its first flight on 18 July 2000, at 150 km from Paris.
Fully fuelled, the Petit Duc AVE D weighs 60 kg (140 lbs), is 2.4 meters long and has a 2.4 meter wingspan.
The vehicle has a range of approximately 150 km (93 mi) and a maximum speed of Mach 0.5.
Petit Duc is powered by 2 AMT Olympus engine. It is fitted with a retractable landing gear. It takes off and lands from an airstrip with a backup parachute.
It is fully molded in composite (carbon fiber) and other "special" material.
It is fitted with an automatic pilot (electronic computer and gyroscopes for stabilization and guidance systems). The flight track is followed by a ground station using a GPS. The speed, altitude, engines data and fuel consumption are also relayed on the ground.
- AVE D for stelth capability.
- AVE C for aerodynamic and control research.
- And other "secret" versions...
The 12 June 2003, the AVE C made the first europeen UAV flight without any aerodynamic rudder with instable configuration.
The 30 June 2008, the AVE C made the first fully autonomous flight from engine starting, taxing, taking off, flight pattern, approch, landing, braking, taxing and stop.
All the test flights have been conducted by Dassault Aviation teaming with Aviation Design.
Eric RANTET, Aviation Design chairman has performed all the first flights.
We are continuing to work with Dassault Aviation team on improvement and new development.
This program is developped by the CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) with the cooperation of the ONERA (Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales).
The objectives are to produce a scaled UAV similar to a full size one to be able to launch a powered rocket fitted with sensors at high altitude.
It must be used as an adaptable test bench, for checking the launching system, checking the aerodynamic configuration and have the possibility to carry scientific experiments. It will be similar to a full size UAV in weight, speed and inertia.
Eole will be controlled with autopilot / ground station and will carry a video system to film the launching sequence.
The CARINE target has been designed for training for ground to air missile in a nocturne environment. It offers a threat as realistic as possible in the field of speed, radar response, visual and infrared field.
In June 1997, joint researches between Aviation Design and the French Army lead to the definition of a high performance target in the infra-red, electromagnetic and speed fields : the basic idea was to use some of the propulsion gases of the jet engine to heat as many as possible of the elements of the target ; the final goal was to obtain an infra-red signature equivalent to the one of a real aircraft or as near as possible.
The first CARINE prototype was built at the beginning of 1998 and its first flight was made in may 1998. It is now entered in production for different country Forces and is produced by Aviation design.
In face of the important amount of technical novelties and the newness of the basic concept of the CARINE Target, a patent was forwarded to the I.N.P.I. and to the European Patent Office to cover this invention world-wide.
The major assets of this product are as follows : It brings some speed to the low-cost targets but, more important, it gives to the thermal captors and IR cameras, an infra-red signature or image of the target extremely similar to the one given by an aircraft, night or day.
This project has arisen the interest of the commanding officers of the French army and navy.
The very good CARINE aerodynamic efficiency and its flying qualities have led Aviation Design company to study a new low cost and high performance target : EVA.
Jet engine powered, EVA integrates a lot of research in aerodynamic : turbine fitted in the fuselage, laminar airfoil, V tail...
The fully composite structure (fiberglass and carbon) allows this target to be very light for its size.
The performances are really exceptional and unique likened to classical target currently available. The speed, the climb rate, the realistic maneuverability of EVA outclass all the propelled targets.
Designing and building an electric powered micro and mini UAV with Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) for SAGEM.
Designing and building an electric powered mini UAV for urban and short range use for THALES.
Customs built airframe for UAV or target application.
Customs built ground station for UAV or target application.