Construction Process


All of the components will be pre-constructed mostly from carbon fiber pre-preg using molds, tooling and jigs and so when you show up to complete your kit all you will be doing is closing out the various assemblies. We will walk you through the whole process.

Main gear uses a Grove metal leg with a scissor retraction system. In case of a loss of hydraulic pressure the gear will automatically drop and lock into place.

Wing and winglet are formed with a one piece pre-molded spar and pre-molded ribs. Compared with conventional foam core construction this method allows you to fly higher without any risk of delamination. 

The Raptor uses push-rods for the rudder (bottom) and aileron (top). Using only push-rods will help to reduce any chance of flutter in the control surfaces. Obviously we will be doing a lot of flutter analysis and testing but why start with cables when you can use push-rods. It's better to go with the best of breed built into the design from the start.
Here you can see the internals of the foreplane. Most canards use a hinge system on the elevator that requires the hinge arms to hang below the foreplane because the hinge rotation point is there. Well, those arms hanging down create drag so instead we are using a more innovative roller-hinge design where the hinge is completely internal to the foreplane and elevator. It's difficult to see here but the 3 curved arms you can see inside the fixtures with the rollers are fixed to the foreplane spar. The fixtures with the rollers are part of the elevator and move backward with it while at the same time the elevator tilts down. Likewise, forward and up, when you are pitching the aircraft nose down. It's still using the identical geometry as a traditional system, just cleaner aerodynamically. There are three separate push-rods that attach at each hinge and connect to the elevator actuating rod that you can see on the front side of the spar. These will ensure a smooth action for the elevator.
OK, so you're thinking the internal hinges from the previous image are complicated but look at how clean it makes the underside of the elevator. Recall that we are doing everything we can to reduce drag so this is just one more place we are making improvements over previous designs. 
The video below discusses the flight controls, nose gear steering, braking and drag brake function.
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