Meridian unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in flight. (Picture © KUAE flight test team.)
Meridian unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in flight. (Picture © KUAE flight test team.)

KUAE selected ACG’s MTM45-1 epoxy prepreg for the Meridian UAV’s wings, empennage and fuselage structure because its combination of properties makes it ideal for the out-of-autoclave production of aircraft primary structures.

Under a 5-year, US$19 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to Kansas University’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), KUAE's mission was to provide an aerial platform for ice-penetrating radar developed in Kansas University’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. Information on the morphology of the ice is being derived from radar data with the aim of improving predictions of the flow of ice sheets into the oceans.

The Meridian UAV, developed by a team of current and former students under the guidance of KUAE faculty members, will operate in Greenland between July and August 2011 and then in Antarctica between December 2011 and January 2012.