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Flexible hybrid electronics have commercial UAS applications

Flexible hybrid electronics—sometimes called peel-and-stick electronics—could soon be used to monitor the health of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and control drone flight, while also enabling UAS to carry electronics considered too heavy or bulky several years ago.

For example, Lockheed Martin Corp. is studying the use of 3D printed electronics that conform to the wing surface of its small, fixed-wing Desert Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to provide beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications. Two miniaturized phased-array antennas—one for transmitting and one for receiving—can be applied to each wing surface of the man-portable UAV using flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology.

Source: UAS Magazine