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03 May 2016

Xponential 2016: UAV Turbines' Next-Gen 39hp Gas Turbine Engine On-Schedule

UAV Turbines (UAVT), a leading developer of next generation gas turbine technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), confirmed that plans to deliver the first pre-production units of its UTP 39hp Recuperated Engine are on schedule for end-of-year 2016 or early 2017.

UAV Turbines' Engine-In-A-Box test and demonstration platform. The EIB includes an operating 10hp engine, filters, a 3kW generator, control system, display, and gas tank in an enclosed unit, roughly the size of a mini-refrigerator. (Photo: UAV Turbines)

"A year ago we announced that UAVT would build a number of UTP50R turbine engines for integration with airframes from major producers of UAVs," Fred Frigerio, UAVT Senior Vice-President, commented. "Manufacturing these small, high performance engines calls for special techniques that were a critical part of our development work. We are pleased that the production of a number of identical engines is proceeding according to plan."

"The UTP50R is just one member of the UAVT family of mini-turbine engines," Peter Bale, Senior Industry Advisor, further informed. "UAVT has prototyped engines ranging from 5hp to 150hp for numerous applications including auxiliary power for large vehicles, but the Company's primary emphasis has been on extremely high reliability engines with features important for Group 3 and Group 4 UAVs. All engines in the UAVT family are closely similar, simple to operate, and use almost any available fuel, typically JP-8, rather than avgas. In addition, maintenance for a fleet of aircraft equipped with different engines in the UAVT family is relatively easy. If you have worked with one of them, you have essentially worked with all."

UAVT features its Engine-In-Box (EIB) in booth #2143. The EIB includes an operating 10hp engine, filters, a 3kW generator, control system, display, and gas tank in an enclosed unit, roughly the size of a mini-refrigerator. "An important feature of all of UAVT's engines is that they start with the touch of a button, and the following steps are choreographed by the electronic brain of the control system, guided by input from sensors. The Engine-in-A-Box demonstrates these capabilities well," Frigerio concluded.