Merger with Microdrones Brings More R&D Possibilities for Schübeler

When seeking to develop and enhance new and innovative technology or adding features to legacy products, being bogged down by the minutia of running a small business can take the focus off a company’s real objective: product design and creation. Administrative duties, organizational concerns and sales in an international market often take precedence over research and development.

Such was the case for Daniel Schübeler , CEO and Founder of Schübeler Technologies GmbH, a premier manufacturer of advanced fan propulsion jets, fan drive nozzles, and lightweight composite materials fabrication. However, late last year, the company merged with Microdrones, the pioneering provider of fully integrated systems for surveying, mapping, LiDAR and inspection applications used in the construction, mining, energy, agriculture and infrastructure industries.

With a fused interest in technological advancement and a motivation to propel UAV’s to new heights, these two companies have united, combining knowledge and expertise that bring benefits to both companies. While the merger expands Microdrones’ UAV technology capabilities, Schübeler now has the freedom to focus on research and development, creating cutting-edge innovations that will shape the future of UAVs, electric jets and more.

Watch this video to see why Schübeler stakeholders feel the merger with Microdrones has brought the company more space, more tools and more possibilities.

The Neva Aerospace consortium has announced its partnership with German ducted fan pioneer, Schübeler.

Founded in 1997 by Daniel Schübeler and now led by Daniel Schübeler and Sandro Pinent, Schübeler Composite has won worldwide recognition in the design and development of electric ducted fans (EDF). As a new consortium member, it brings to Neva additional expertise in the development of electric fans. Neva Aerospace has patented the core technologies driving its vision of new heavy aerial industrial robotics for the industry. Long distance heavy drones that can be used in civil airspace and maintenance and construction robotics’ applications. It has also achieved successful prototype flights to prove its concepts

Chairman, Robert Vergnes said “Since its inception Neva is developed as a partnership consortium with other technology suppliers and potential end users alongside financial investors. In Schübeler we have found a partner with the complementary knowledge and resources that can accelerate the development and commercialisation of Neva electric fans and drones.” Neva is establishing a pan-European consortium for heavy drones’ technology and it has taken another step forward with the addition of this leading German business.

Neva’s autonomous, low-emission aerial robots are being designed to be capable of carrying 20kg to 2000kg payloads, to remain in flight for extended periods over extended distances, and to have the stability in hover mode to perform precise tasks and services. “The next stages of the Neva project involve refining fan design, power management, and flight control. Schübeler and the Neva development team will share invaluable knowledge in all of these areas. We are honoured that Schübeler Composite joins the Neva Consortium” said Prf. David Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Chief Science Officer. “Consortium membership will be mutually beneficial to our two organisations and we value the way Neva is looking at developing the drones business with distributed thrust and tailored B2B drones for specific industrial applications. We look forward to working together.” said Daniel Schübeler, CTO of Schübeler Composite.

About Neva Aerospace:

Following five years’ intensive development project work by a talented international team of engineers and designers, Neva Aerospace Limited has been established to develop and commercialise unique unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions based on a set of core, internationally patent-protected technologies. Neva benefits from a clear technical lead in the development of the next generation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and vehicles (UAV). Working in collaboration with potential enterprise customers across key industries and with complementary technology providers, Neva is poised to introduce world-class technology across global markets. Founded in 2009 as a project, Neva Aerospace Ltd. will offer turnkey solutions based on autonomous, low-emission aerial robotic platforms capable of carrying 10 to 2,000 kilogram payloads. Our systems are designed to perform precise tasks and services. Capable of both vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) as well as horizontal flight, they have the precision needed for industrial robotic work and/or congested urban environments. Neva is building as a consortium company via partnership with key B2B clients (e.g. oil & gas, construction, agribusiness, etc.), technology suppliers (e.g. designers and manufacturers of fans, controls, anti-collision systems, etc.) as well as financial investors.

About Schübeler Composite:

Today Schübeler Composite, created in 1997 for the development and production of fan propulsion systems, is not only one of the world’s leader for electric ducted fan (EDF) technology but also has extended its portfolio with versatile industrial fields of application. The latter refers to competences in design and construction of fibre reinforced structural components, ventilator and compressor development, electronically commutated motor design as well as airframe and propeller development. The turbomachines offer a wide range of application possibilities for example in wind tunnels, for cooling purposes, as blowers and not to forget in model airplanes. On top of that Schübeler Composite produces race and championship winning technology for WEC LMP1, F1, DTM, Nascar and many other racing series. The new company building has more than 600 m² area for development, validation, product design and manufacturing. It has extended its former core business with a department specialised in CFD-Software for turbomachinery, FEM simulation for isotropic and anisotropic composites, full boundary layer resolution and optimisation by considering 3D flow effects as well as FEA and Magnet Flux simulation.

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