Blue Drive Applied sciences (“BFT”) and the Air Drive Analysis Laboratory (“AFRL”) have efficiently accomplished a floor take a look at for a novel carbon fiber composite propulsion flowpath system for BFT’s Fury uncrewed fighter beneath the AFRL Bandit program. As introduced in Mar 2022 BFT, an agile aerospace and protection firm primarily based in North Carolina, is maturing a high-performance uncrewed fifth technology fighter design that gives replication of pacing threats at a fraction of the price of a crewed fighter. The air car know-how developed beneath Bandit helps uncrewed adversary air coaching goals related to the Air Drive, Navy and Marine Corps and could be tailored for different Autonomous Collaborative Platform (ACP) mission areas. The Bandit program additional demonstrates the affect that small companies can have within the protection industrial base.

“The Bandit program is about demonstrating ever tighter model-to-hardware prototype growth cycles for autonomous collaborative platforms, and this built-in propulsion flowpath take a look at is indicative of that strategy. After making the engine choice in June 2022, the AFRL and Blue Drive Applied sciences crew labored to finalize take a look at goals and procedures concurrently with Blue Drive’s {hardware} construct to make sure this full-scale take a look at got here collectively in beneath six months,” stated Alyson Turri, AFRL Bandit Program Supervisor.


“On an uncrewed fighter like Fury, correct integration of the propulsion flowpath is essentially the most vital design driver for the general car. It was essential to us to display, previous to constructing flight take a look at plane, that we might appropriately predict the interplay between the propulsion flowpath parts and the Williams Worldwide engine,” stated Scott Bledsoe, President of Blue Drive Applied sciences.

AFRL, in collaboration with BFT, is exploring the worth of digital engineering to expedite floor and flight take a look at by harnessing the artifacts generated by means of digital evaluation as proof of functionality. This floor take a look at supplied high-fidelity information that might be utilized in validation of computational strategies over the approaching months. Main into testing, the BFT and AFRL crew carried out time-accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) evaluation which leveraged the in depth computational assets of AFRL and Military Engineer Analysis and Improvement Heart. The aim of the take a look at was to validate the evaluation to realize confidence by the crew in utilizing the CFD software in different parts of the flight envelope. “With AFRL’s assist, we’re additional constructing out our digital engineering toolchain to allow future ACP variants to be designed shortly,” stated Bledsoe.

Blue Drive Applied sciences Inc. supplies a full vary of superior design, evaluation, simulation and manufacturing capabilities. The corporate assist idea to charge manufacturing for companions. Blue Drive was based in 2011 to particularly concentrate on superior options for business and protection aerospace. The Blue Drive Superior Speedy Prototyping System facilitates accelerating clients experimental and prototype aerospace construct applications by 12 to 24 months over legacy growth applications. BFT is a disciplined and certified group with built-in mission groups together with engineering, technicians and program administration. BFT’s crew of world-class engineers and technicians are targeted on delivering innovation and worth whereas sustaining business requirements.