Getting ready for its first flight the 80kg jet powered sUAS, Demon the result of a five year research program by 10 UK universities is unique in having no conventional control surfaces. Although quite how that will work we are not sure!  The 2.7m wingspan Demon the result of £6.5 million programme jointly funded by BAE Systems and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) basks in the glory of another big acronym,

FLAVIIR (Flapless Air Vehicle Integrated Industrial Research).

Cranfield University just outside of Milton Keynes designed and constructed the aircraft with the support of partner institutions.

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.