UAV Turbines introduces Monarch RP Propulsion
UAV Turbines states it is creating the world’s first reliable, lightweight and fuel efficient microturbine engines to provide propulsion and power generation in small to medium-sized UAVs. (Photo: Business Wire)
UAV Turbines Inc. has introduced its Monarch RP family of microturbine engines targeting both defence and commercial applications. Designed for Group 3 and 4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Monarch engines can run on heavy fuel of varying qualities.
UAV Turbines (UAVT) explains the Monarch RP has passed all critical tests in the cell, working through its operating cycle repeatedly, and for extended times. As a result, UAVT is now working with a commercial airframe partner to conduct ground testing.
“After several years of intense effort, our talented team of engineers has developed a complete, turnkey microturbine propulsion system for Group 3 and 4 UAVs that is unique in both utility and function,” said Kirk Warshaw, CEO of UAV Turbines. “Throughout the design process, we focused on creating the world’s first reliable, lightweight, high-performance microturbine engine for small aircraft that runs on heavy fuel. As we have matured the design, we now recognize that a microturbine in this category has limitless possibilities across the propulsion spectrum.”
The Monarch RP microturbine, according to UAVT, was designed to outperform conventional reciprocating engines in the following ways:
• Monarch RP will provide more time in the air and less time being serviced on the ground with upwards of a 2,000 hour increase in operation time between overhauls when compared to available Class 3 engines;
• Monarch RP’s variable pitch propeller will enable UAVs to climb faster and reach greater dash speeds, enabling greater performance and efficiency in both commercial and military aircraft;
•The reliability of Monarch RP eliminates the need for extra engines for a single aircraft;
• The flexibility to run efficiently on all types of heavy fuels, such as jet fuel, makes Monarch RP safer and more convenient than engines running on volatile aviation gasoline; and
• Monarch RP generates useful on-board electrical power that is two to three times greater than what is produced by conventional engines.
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