During the recent air show in Farnborough, the aeronautics engineers of the British University in Central Lancashire introduced the world’s first Juno (Juno) drone aircraft, the fuselage of which is covered with graphene sheathing.
The 3.5-meter-wide aircraft was developed in conjunction with the Enhanced Production Research Center in Sheffield, the National Graphene Institute at Manchester University and the Haydale Graphene Industries holding company. In addition to graphene plating Juno is additionally equipped with graphene-based batteries and individual printed components.
Graphene, consisting of a layer of interconnected carbon atoms one atom thick, is not only the strongest artificial material, but also has unique thermal and electrical conductivity.
It is the strength of graphene that interested the developers in creating the hull fuselage drones. In addition to the unique strength of graphene, it is also very light, therefore, by reducing its own weight, aircraft with graphene plating will be able to carry heavier loads over long distances, spending less fuel. In addition, due to the unique heat conductivity of graphene, their body is not subject to icing at high altitudes.
And, finally, the electrical conductivity of graphene will reliably protect the aircraft from the effects of atmospheric electrical discharges. The lightning that enters it immediately dissipates over the entire surface of the fuselage, without causing any harm to it.
Test tests Juno should be held in the next two months.