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Composites send drones to the skies

04 December 2023

In 2020, a group of engineers working in the drone research lab at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (PoliMI) used their expertise in drone design, integration, flight testing, and production to form a new spin-off company. ANT-X was born: a custom drone solutions provider with one foot in the research sphere of PoliMI and the other in the rapidly expanding global drone market.

The mechanical properties of composite materials, such as stiffness, durability and being lightweight, perfectly suit drone components. After a long search among composite material third-party suppliers. ANT-X enlisted Exel Composites.

Remote-controlled drones are becoming increasingly popular in many sectors, such as transportation of goods and passengers, inspection, and defence, where being lightweight is critical. This allows for favourable capacity-to-weight ratios, which is especially useful when the drone is intended for transportation applications.

Read the full article in DPA's December issue

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