Concept Prototype: Kestrel
A project undertaken for Cranfield University to produce a prototype for their MSc program. From the initial concept desktop model shown, an airframe crutch unit was constructed to enable further studies to be undertaken, built in aluminimum and carbon flat plates.
Following this, a fuselage mould tool was created. The image to the top right shows the preliminary honeycomb construction to form the shaping of the tool, which was then mounted in a steel frame armature for planking and coating. The image to the bottom left shows the completion of the initial mould manufacture.
Once a moulded prototype had been constructed, the aircraft was constructed and delivered for completion and flight trials, which were successfully flown in 2003, powered by 2 A.M.T. 65lb static thrust turbines.