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PBS Aerospace Engineering Blog - Article No. 1

06/02/2022

Article No 1: UAS Gas Turbine Propulsion System Integration 101-Checklist for Successful UAS GT Engine Integration

When planning a UAS platform, the physical dimensions of the power plant are very important. As the power plant is probably largest and heaviest part of the Air Vehicle, particular attention should be paid to selecting a power plant that is small in physical size and weight. If the physical size of the power plant is too large, sacrifices on the air vehicle must be made.

Excessive engine weight can result in either an air vehicle that is too large (causing support vehicles to grow in size to transport the Air Vehicle) or causing the payload to be too small or causing the size of the fuel tanks to be reduced with sacrifices in range for the Air Vehicle resulting.

The same things happen if one selects and engine that is too heavy: a heavy engine can mean that the Air Vehicle can’t carry enough fuel to perform the required mission. An engine that is too heavy can also result in reductions in desired payload weight.

That’s why PBS engines should be considered when planning an Air Vehicle: they are compact and contain almost everything needed inside the engine cowling. They are also extremely light for their power output.

Check into the available PBS supply of power plants at our Product Page.

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