Military Embedded Systems

Thermal solutions for RPA to be developed with Additive Manufacturing


April 30, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of GA-ASI.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has partnered with Australia-based Conflux Technology on the development of a heat exchanger. The part is being developed using a metal Additive Manufacturing process for possible integration onto GA-ASI’s line of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Conflux Technology is an Additive Manufacturing applications company based in Geelong, Victoria that specializes in thermal and fluid engineering. Conflux is providing design expertise in the optimization of Additive Manufacturing heat exchangers to increase the performance of RPA.

The Australian Government recently selected GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian variant to provide the Armed RPAs for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under Project Air 7003. MQ-9B follows the legacy of GA-ASI’s Predator series of RPAs, an armed Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) RPA System.


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