Composites for Unmanned Systems

Unmanned Systems

Structural and non-structural carbon fiber components ◾ Build to print or design & analysis ◾ In-house tooling capability◾ Carbon fiber prepreg or dry fabric/resin infused parts

The team at Rock West has been at the forefront of using materials to push the limits of engineering, and we've put this knowledge to work in the unmanned vehicle arena. While most of our experience is with unmanned aerial vehicles, we also have experience with unmanned ground and maritime vehicles. Our breadth of experience includes understanding the variety of materials needed and requirements for diverse operational environments. In addition to deep understanding of carbon fiber and GFRP, we have all the raw materials in-house for most work we produce. We make our own tooling, reducing risk and schedule impact. We can manufacture prototypes, individual components, or complete assemblies. Our experienced team has the knowledge to get you through the process, from design to finished product, qualified, on time, on budget and within requirements. If you have questions, call our San Diego office at 858-537-6260 or request a quote.


Unmanned Systems Areas of Operation

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

  • Carbon fiber flight structures, fuselage, wings, empennage
  • From CFRP motor support tubes to machined carbon fiber plate for drone chassis
  • Lightweight ground support/field equipment

Unmanned Ground Vehicles

  • Lightweight chassis, body panels and structures
  • Carbon fiber masts and telescoping assemblies
  • Lightweight support equipment
  • In-house tooling capability

Unmanned Maritime Vehicles

  • ROV components, hulls, and masts
  • Field support equipment
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Carbon fiber prepreg or dry fabric/resin infused parts


Lightweight/High Stiffness Structures

Experts in Lightweight/High Stiffness Composite Applications

As specialists in carbon fiber, we can ensure the fiber orientation and resin matrix for maximum performance within cost objectives. Laminates can be designed with very directional properties to best react loads without "wasting weight," providing strength in directions that experience no or little load. Tubes can be designed for mostly bending or for mostly torsion, saving weight by not including fibers oriented for unused properties.

Benefits of lightweight/High stiffness composite structures

  • Lighter weight
  • Higher load capacity
  • Less deflection under load
  • Higher vibration natural frequency
  • Reduced manpower for handling


Center of Excellence: Multidisciplinary Projects

Multidisciplinary Projects

We let the experts do their thing. Our team works across facilities to make sure programs are executed in a timely and cost effective manner using the right people for the right part of the job. For example, we've had programs with low CTE and extremely tight structural requirements. Our San Diego engineers designed the structure and incorporated several products from our Utah store. Our manufacturing team back in San Diego constructed the final product using both off-the-shelf and custom solutions. This enabled lower cost and faster delivery for a customer who could not afford aerospace prime pricing. This was not an exception. It's how we model our business.