August 18, 2020

TEN composites involved in flying motorcycle prototype manufacturing

TEN composites, the contract company specializing in composite solutions (a part of the TechnoSpark group of companies), produced technological equipment for body manufacturing of the unique ERA Aviabike, a flying motorcycle developed for the Boeing GoFly Challenge competition by Aeroxo company.

Aviabike is a single-seat electric convertiplane, which in the future will make free flights available to everyone. With 16 rotary engines, it can take off vertically, and then, changing the thrust vector, fly like an aircraft at a speed of 150-160 km/h and at altitudes of up to 300 meters. The vehicle is designed for maximum load of 90 kg with its proper weight of 350 kg. Aeroxo was striving to make the Aviabike as light as possible, so carbon composite was chosen as the body material.

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Photo by Aeroxo

The technological equipment made by TEN composites is a complex template, demanding high accuracy of design, so that the body perfectly matches with the Aviabike framework.

A body 3D-model provided by Aeroxo was used by design engineers of a composite solutions expert supplier to build a template for a NC milling machine center which then manufactured the equipment.

The Aeroxo flying motorcycle prototype successfully performed at the Boeing GoFly Challenge 2020 competition: following the first three stages results, ERA Aviabike was among the winners, so the project team will take part in the final stage, that is going to be held in the first half of 2021 in the United States.

Source: Media Office of TechnoSpark

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