Sky Power has entered into an agreement to provide unmanned technology developer Plymouth Rock Technologies (PRT) with its UAV engines and propulsion solutions. Sky Power designs and manufactures 2-stroke combustion and Wankel engines for UAS (unmanned aerial systems), with all products being developed and manufactured in Germany.
Carl Cagliarini, Chief Strategy Officer at PRT, commented: “We chose to partner with Sky Power because of their country of origin, ISO 9001 certification and the fact that their engines can be customized and configured for specific applications, either as a direct propulsion unit, as a range extender in a hybrid configuration, or as a power unit and generator.”
“The flexibility ethos of Sky Power is in synchronicity with that of PRT. Having information on exact metrics, such as fuel consumption, engine parameters, and exhaust-gas temperatures optimization means that performance and environmental statistics can be accurately measured and presented for safety based routine service. At Plymouth Rock we are investing in not only being first in many areas, but the one by which others are measured against. We believe that this latest supply partnership is a true leap forward to that goal.”
Paul Keen, Operations Director of PRT, noted: “As VTOL UAS systems move forward into heavy lift and military service, this engine data is imperative to our military and commercial clients. At PRT we believe that adopting the quality assurance principles as that of manned aviation, is where the UAS industry needs to head.”
Karsten Schudt President of Sky Power, stated: “We are delighted to have our propulsion systems utilized by PRT. Our engine tests can also include endurance reliability, during which customer engines are subjected to between 50 and 200 hours of uninterrupted operation on our in-house engine test stands. Climate tests are also possible. After each test, the engines are subject to a comprehensive tear down inspection and pass marked before shipping. This reduces the build time for PRT and also ensures absolute client confidence.”