Austro Engine Test New Rotary Engine for Unmanned Aircraft

By Caroline Rees / 16 Jan 2013
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Austro Engine bench-test the new AE80R engine

Austro Engine have announced that tests have been successfully carried out on the new AE80R rotary engine. The vibration-free engine has a final target weight of 27 kg and an output of 80 hp (58 kw).

Compared to the AE50R (55 PS Austro Engine rotary engine) the new engine has no loss lubrication system anymore which results in an extremely low oil consumption. A dual FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) controlled fuel injection system will keep fuel consumption on the lowest possible level. The engine is designed to power small manned or unmanned aircraft.

According to Christian Dries, Chairman and Owner Diamond Aircraft, the AE80R has the potential to become one of the leaders in the extremely weight sensitive market of LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) and ultra-light aircraft. “The engine has no vibration and therefore it is ideal to power UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) with highly sensitive equipment” he added.

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