Northwest UAV  

McMinnville,  OR 
United States
http://www.nwuav.com
  • Booth: 2219


NWUAV The UAS Industry Propulsion Authority visit booth 2219

Northwest UAV is the World industry leader in UAS Propulsion Systems, delivering top quality, made in the USA products around the globe. At NWUAV we understand UAS requirements inside and out and incorporate a total lifecycle approach, resulting in high-performance, mission tested engine solutions. Our Engineers are dedicated to creating reliable, cost-effective UAS systems, and their experience is proven. When you need to get in the air and stay there, you need Northwest UAV. AS9100 certified.


 Press Releases

  • With a prototype completion date set for beginning of May 2018, Northwest UAV has completed design work and has begun prototyping their new NW-88 multi-fuel twin-cylinder engine. Using design elements from their internationally deployed NW-44 multi-fuel engine, the NW-88 engine system is set to offer the reliability and efficiency of the NW-44 to a new category of aircraft.

    April 26, 2018 | McMinnville, OR: With design work starting just last year, Northwest UAV (NWUAV) has now begun the manufacturing and parts procurement for their new NW-88 multi-fuel twin-cylinder engine (pictured below). Utilizing the same team that developed their internationally recognized NW-44 multi-fuel single-cylinder engine, NWUAV has begun to take the necessary steps to complete a prototype of the NW-88 engine to demonstrate exactly how it will function.

    Built specifically for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that require extreme endurance, high reliability and advanced payloads, NWUAV's NW-44 multi-fuel single-cylinder engine continues to see momentous success and continued adoption in small, professional-grade UAVs, filling a much-needed gap in the maturing UAS industry. Borrowing design elements from the NW-44 engine to offer the same endurance, efficiency and reliability for a larger weight class of UAVs, the Northwest UAV team expects the NW-88 multi-fuel twin-cylinder engine to fill another often-overlooked gap in the professional UAV market.

    "Early on we recognized that Group II UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles in the 40-75-pound weight class) were attempting to fly 12 hours or more in extreme conditions with the only engines they had available, which were hobby-grade engines designed for the weekend flier," remarked Chris Harris, President and Owner of NWUAV.  "They needed a more reliable, efficient, cost effective engine solution, and that's how the NW-44 engine was born. Due to their still relatively small size, Group III UAVs (in the 75-150-pound weight class) are experiencing the same endurance and reliability issues in their engine options that the Group II UAVs were facing. With the NW-44 and 1000 flight hours of experience, NWUAV is primed to deliver their next professional-grade engine for Group III UAVs rapidly and successfully."

    With the ground-up design of the NW-44 engine to work from, the manufacturing and parts procurement for the NW-88 twin-cylinder multi-fuel engine for Group III UAVs has already begun! The same team that completed the work on the NW-44 engine has begun manufacturing the cases and programming the quiet mufflers to fit the NW-88 engine prototype. Next, the team will tackle building the first NW-88 puck.

    "Now that the NW-44 single-cylinder multi-fuel engine is firmly established as the new industry standard for 40-75-pound UAVs, we can efficiently adapt that design to support 75-150-pound UAVs," Chris Harris continued. "And like its smaller, older brother, the NW-88 engine is set to be a complete engine system ready to install with minimal or no development costs for the end customer - a plug-n-play engine if you will - making it highly cost effective to adopt on existing platforms or incorporate into new designs."

    A completed prototype of the NW-88 multi-fuel twin-cylinder engine is set to be completed and on display for the first time at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 in the Northwest UAV booth #2219. Stop by our booth and see the NW-88 system for yourself!


    About Northwest UAV | As America’s leader in UAV propulsion system design and manufacturing, Northwest UAV (NWUAV) continues to prove its reputation for reliable, cost effective and innovative UAV engines and support systems through meticulous engineering, testing, and manufacturing. Founded in 2005 by President and Owner Chris Harris, NWUAV continues to safely and effectively manage all aspects of product development, from initial concept design through production and beyond to maintenance and overhauls. When reliability is key, count on the team at NWUAV. AS9100/ISO9001 (AS9104-1) Certified, DCAA compliant operation.

    Find out more about NWUAV:
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    For further information contact:
    Alex Riecke-Gonzales, Social Media Coordinator
    Northwest UAV
    503-434-6845 | 11160 SW Durham Lane, Suite 1, McMinnville, OR 97128

  • With over 1000 combat flight hours logged, purchase orders and deployments of Northwest UAV’s ingeniously designed NW-44 multi-fuel single-cylinder UAV engine have accelerated as of January 2018. The NW-44 engine fills an urgent need for an efficient UAV engine that performs reliably in extreme conditions and is combat proven. The NW-44’s design substantially reduces the costs and time line associated with developing an engine from scratch – while requiring little to no up-front development costs for the end customer.

    April 23, 2018 | McMinnville, OR: From initial design through development and manufacturing, Northwest UAV created the NW-44 multi-fuel single-cylinder UAV engine to fill a gap that owner and president Chris Harris recognized in the market – reliable, fuel-efficient engines for small, professional-grade UAVs. As a proven engine with over 1000 combat flight hours logged, the NW-44 multi-fuel engine has already significantly expanded market reach since January of this year, with large purchase orders being made to support Tier 2 UAVs. This increased demand for the NW-44 engine has spurred other changes and growth at Northwest UAV as well as additional staff and another 30,000 sq./ft. of production space.

    “Our NW-44 engine has been designed and developed to solve a very specific problem – reliably support UAVs in the 40-75-pound weight class attempting to fly 12 hours or more in extreme weather conditions. Without the NW-44 engine, these small UAVs were either flying fingers-crossed with hobby-grade engines with carburetors, or heavily modifying engines built for other applications to try to meet their flight needs. Neither of these options guarantee a reliable engine and the latter option can be extremely expensive to design, develop and manufacture. Considering that many of the professional UAVs in the 40-75-pound weight class are used for defense and supporting police, fire and law enforcement bureaus, a cost effective, reliable, efficient engine solution is absolutely paramount to the work they’re doing,” explained Chris Harris, President and Owner of NWUAV. “With the NW-44 multi-fuel engine, these smaller UAVs now have a plug-n-play option built specifically for the long flight hours and extreme conditions they’re flying in. This recent increased adoption of the NW-44 engine across Tier 2 UAVs simply demonstrates the real need for this engine in the professional UAS (unmanned aerial systems) market.”

    The increased demand for the NW-44 single-cylinder multi-fuel engine has meant more than just increased manufacturing on the Northwest UAV campus. With a few other large projects in the works, Northwest UAV has grown to over 100 full-time employees and has begun the process of adding new production facilities to their campus, expanding on the 28,000 square feet of building space they already have.

    “I remember when we were purchasing our current property. Chris and I would place bets on how long it would take us to fill up that much space,” remarked Northwest UAV Director Heather Sorenson. “Now look at us – we are adding another 30,000 sq. feet to our campus and hiring additional staff to fill roles in all areas of the company, from the production floor to engineering services and everywhere in between. Much of that growth is in support of the manufacturing of the NW-44 propulsion system that we designed right here in McMinnville, and the continued development of our twin cylinder NW-88! Regardless of how much we grow, we’ve remained grounded in our family-friendly company culture, a perk of living and working in this amazing rural community. It brings us a lot of pride to say we’re creating cutting-edge technology like the NW-44 engine right here in McMinnville.”


    About Northwest UAV | As America’s leader in UAV propulsion system design and manufacturing, Northwest UAV (NWUAV) continues to prove its reputation for reliable, cost effective and innovative UAV engines and support systems through meticulous engineering, testing, and manufacturing. Founded in 2005 by President and Owner Chris Harris, NWUAV continues to safely and effectively manage all aspects of product development, from initial concept design through production and beyond to maintenance and overhauls. When reliability is key, count on the team at NWUAV. AS9100/ISO9001 (AS9104-1) Certified, DCAA compliant operation.

    Find out more about NWUAV:
    Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

    For further information contact:
    Alex Riecke-Gonzales, Social Media Coordinator
    Northwest UAV
    503-434-6845 | 11160 SW Durham Lane, Suite 1, McMinnville, OR 97128


 Products

  • NWUAV Propulsion Systems – when reliability is key
    Designed and built in the USA, NWUAV purpose-built engines for unmanned aircraft systems support low altitude, long endurance flights and portable power generation. Ranging from 2 to 60 HP, NWUAV engines run on gas and heavy-fuels. AS9100 Certified....

  • The smallest of the NWUAV engines is the NW-44 multi-fuel, single-cylinder engine built for 40 to 75 lb* aircraft. The core and subsystem components alleviate ITAR and end-of-life concerns and are primed for FAA Certification. Scalable for use in various classes of aircraft, the NW-44 includes an advanced, lightweight design and specs unavailable with hobby engines; making it a professional, superior performing engine. In development for 2018: NW-88 twin-cylinder for 90 to 165 lb* aircraft.

    The largest NWUAV engine, the NW-500 twin-cylinder is designed for aircraft up to 551 lb.* It is a self-contained, gas fueled, bolt-on system with simple interfaces; a vibration isolation system and EFI.

    Looking for rotary or smaller engines? NWUAV carries the complete line of Rotron Rotary and RCV Limited engines.

    Need help with engine integration into your unmanned aircraft? NWUAV’s engineer team will assist you in all phases of your project.

    Made in the USA | APPROVED FOR EXPORT
    *Depending on airframe.

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    Pegasus Servo Actuators: A broad range of actuators for UAV applications from 30-1000 lb MTOW. | uAvionix: The smallest, lightest and lowest power ADS-B & Air Traffic integration solutions for UAVs; transponders, transceivers, and navigation systems....

  • The Pegasus line of Servo Actuators range from the PA-R-440-7, 35Nm (max. torque) to the micro, low-profile PA-R-135-4, 30Ncm currently the world’s smallest servo in its class.

    • Gear-train service lifetime is improved with a dependable oil bath lubrication, and enhanced vibration tolerance
    • Internal PC-board design and mfg. complies with IPC-A-600 Class 3
    • Redundant Servo’s include PA-ME3 magnetic deflection and angle sensor

    uAvionix provides solutions for enabling real-time sense and avoid technology, ADS-B real-time information transmission while providing proper compliance and safe integration into the National Airspace System.

    • Ping2020/1090 is the world’s smallest, lightest, and most affordable ADB-S transceivers
    • Ping 200Sr/20Si ADS-B Mode-S transponders are visible to traditional RADAR & TCAS
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    NWUAV is the US Distributor for Pegasus Servo Actuators & uAvionix Sense and Avoid