Common Atomics Aeronautical Techniques, Inc. (GA-ASI) has chosen two Belgian firms, ALX Techniques and Coexpair, to help the event of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Plane (RPA) and different superior RPA-related tasks. The businesses had been chosen from a discipline of 18 firms that introduced their concepts and capabilities to a panel of GA-ASI technical consultants throughout Blue Magic Belgium 2021. BMB21, held Sept. 15-16, 2021 on the headquarters of GA-ASI’s Belgian accomplice DronePort in Sint-Truiden, supplied a possibility for Belgium-based companies to current their capabilities and merchandise to GA-ASI with the aim of increasing GA-ASI’s business-to-business cooperation with Belgian business. The Belgian Ministry of Protection introduced in 2020 that it’ll purchase the MQ-9B SkyGuardian with first supply anticipated subsequent yr.

“We had been impressed by the numerous gifted firms that participated in Blue Magic Belgium. We look ahead to working with ALX Techniques and Coexpair,” mentioned GA-ASI Vice President of Engineering Dee Wilson, who led the GA-ASI panel.


“ALX is blissful to be chosen once more and appears ahead to working with GA-ASI to develop a mission supervisor software program software that may generate mission plans for autonomous operations,” mentioned ALX Techniques’ Founder & CEO Geoffrey Mormal.

“Our venture with GA-ASI will deal with the problem of resin intrusion into sandwich core throughout RTM processing,” mentioned André Bertin, CEO of Coexpair

ALX Techniques develops unmanned plane options, together with a cloud-enabled working system that permits UAS to fly autonomously. Coexpair focuses on out-of-autoclave Resin Switch Molding (RTM) processing of composite elements. They provide materials choice and prototyping providers to develop this course of for customer-specific wants. Coexpair will work with GA-ASI to develop an modern RTM course of for core stiffened composite sandwich constructions. ALX Techniques and Coexpair are a part of a rising listing of Belgium-based companies working with GA-ASI. Different firms embody AeroSimulators Group, AIRobot, Hexagon’s Geospatial division and ScioTeq, SABCA, Thales Belgium, ST Engineering and DronePort.

Worldwide demand for a MALE RPAS able to being licensed for operation inside civilian airspace drove Common Atomics to develop a model of the platform identified by GA-ASI as MQ-9B SkyGuardian, beforehand referred to as Certifiable Predator B, to make it compliant with European flight laws to get extra gross sales in European international locations. In an effort to fly over nationwide airspace, the plane meets NATO STANAG 4671 airworthiness necessities with lightning safety, totally different composite supplies, and sense and keep away from expertise. Efficiency adjustments embody a 79 ft (24 m) wingspan that has winglets and sufficient gasoline for a 40-hour endurance at 50,000 ft (15,000 m). Options embody Excessive Definition EO/IR Full Movement Video sensor, De/Anti-Icing System, TCAS, and Automated Take-Off & Land.