PHASA-35: A new era in high altitude aerospace capabilities

In the realm of aerospace tech, Piran Advanced Composites is making waves with its work on the PHASA-35 (persistent high – altitude solar aircraft) platform.

Cornwall based business, Piran Advanced Composites, is a design engineer and manufacturing company. Their role in the production of PHASA-35’s has been to develop the aerostructure manufacturing processes.

Piran Advanced Composites worked with Prismatic and BAE on the development of the PHASA-35 in 2019-2020; this solar powered Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) revolutionises high-altitude, long-endurance missions and redefines the boundaries of aerial capabilities. Lightweight in structure, its impressive endurance opens up a world of possibilities for industries requiring persistent aerial coverage and real-time data acquisition.

Unleashing the power of PHASA-35

Piran Advanced Composites has successfully engineered the PHASE-35 to operate at an altitude of 115,000 feet – enabling the platform to soar above conventional airspace, making it ideal for a wide range of mission profiles.  Equipped with state-of-the-art solar panels and energy efficient systems, the PHASA-35 can remain airborne for extended periods, measured in months rather than hours. Meaning the platform provides a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.

A mere 2 years in the making, the 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft successfully completed a test flight in 2020.

A platform designed for success

One of the key factors contributing to the success of the PHASA-35 is its use of lightweight and durable composites.  These materials were developed and tested by Piran, and they allow the platform to withstand extreme conditions, and maintain stability at high altitudes.

By combining cutting edge tech with innovative engineering, Piran has helped to create a UAS that pushes the boundaries of what is possible.

Applications across industries

The UAV’s impressive endurance capabilities and advanced sensor payload options make it a versatile and stable platform with multiple applications for monitoring, surveillance, communications. These applications could be used by multiple industries, including EO, climate monitoring, telecommunications, border surveillance and disaster response.

What next for Piran Advanced Composites?

Building on the successful collaboration with PHASA-35, Piran are now looking forward to further exciting new ventures in the future.