After long development in military applications, drone aircraft are becoming an increasing presence in consumer markets. They’re used for toys, camera work and possibly even package delivery. However, most of these drones are powered by electricity, and as a result they are limited by the weight and electrical capacity of their batteries.
A Florida startup hopes to change that. Miami’s UAV Turbines is developing tiny jet engines. These microturbines can be used to produce thrust or to power propellers and electric motors for drone aircraft. It recently tested its Monarch 5 microturbine propulsion system in a 500-pound unmanned aircraft.
While military drones have used large jet engines for a long time, and remote-control aircraft hobbyists have been using small jet engines for decades, UAV Turbines claims that its devices are the first that are commercial grade. The company says that most commercial drone aircraft are too large for the hobbyists’ turbines and too small for the military style jet engines. It claims its devices are perfectly suited for commercial applications of unmanned aircraft.
UAV claims the devices will be ready for the market by the end of 2020.
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