27.1.2020

Possible new form of propulsion for UAS

Jetoptera Teams with Honeywell on Fluidic Propulsion System – link

Source: UAS Vision

The Fluidic Propulsive System is scalable. A source of compressed air is amplified by thrust augmentation. The resulting system is now capable of VTOL

Article Headlines

  • Jetoptera, Inc. is collaborating with Honeywell Aerospace to bring fluidic propulsion to the defense market
  • The effort will leverage Jetoptera’s revolutionary fluidic propulsion system and Honeywell’s broad portfolio of proven turboshaft engines and auxiliary power units
  • Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS) equipped aircraft enable runway independence, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) or short take-off and landing (STOL) modes of flight
  • Jetoptera has designed the only proven fluidic propulsion system based on reliable turboshaft technologies augmented by fluidics, to create thrust without rotor blades, propellers or turbo-fans
  • The company’s unique approach to producing thrust for powerful, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capable aircraft is ideal for platforms with a Maximum Takeoff Weight ranging from as little as 200 lbs. to beyond 4000 lbs.
  • Leveraging Honeywell’s APU engine technologies as an air source for the fluidic propulsion system gives a clear development path to rapidly meet the emerging needs of the Department of Defense

Overview & Comments

  • New propulsion methods are one of the main keys to enhanced performance
  • Electric, hybrid, hydrogen and other methods are constantly being developed to better provide the needed parameters to suit today’s requirements: Energy efficient, price, endurance, environmentally friendly and more
  • A breakthrough in the matter is MIT’s success in Ionic Wind test – See “Adaptable wing tested by AFRL”

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