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Hirth Engines  

Benningen, 
Germany
http://www.hirthengines.com
  • Booth: 4536


Hirth Engines, leading 2-stroke engine technology innovators

The pioneers of 2-stroke, we pride ourselves in engineering a range of innovative propulsion systems and developing state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best solutions. Hirth Engines have been in production since the beginning of powered flight and continue to deliver performance and efficiency in all our products.


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  • Hirth sets out its future vision for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) highlighting superior power-to-weight ratio as the key to extended range and fuel economy

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 | Booth #4536

    At this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL, global two-stroke pioneers Hirth Engines will demonstrate its future innovation programme and showcase the latest lightweight propulsion system technologies including the renowned 41, 42 and 35 series.

    The need for endurance, reduced footprints, lightweight platforms, cost-effectiveness and safer operations are at the forefront of customers’ minds when looking for solutions across a wide spectrum of UAV applications. These needs are best met by highly efficient and effective two-stroke propulsion systems.

    Hirth Engines is now looking toward hybrid applications to harness the power of both an internal combustion engine and electrical motors to deliver solutions for the future.

    “This is only the beginning and confirms that two-stroke provides a unique role in the future of UAV applications,” explains Peter Lietz, Head of International Business Development for Hirth Engines. “The performance, durability and ease of maintenance for two-stroke engines is unbeatable and provides an ideal platform for the future of aviation, manned or unmanned. We are very excited to be exploring deliverable solutions for the future of UAVs”.

    Leveraging Hirth’s heritage in two-stroke technology and utilising existing invention protections registered by the company, the development engineering team has committed to a journey of designing an engine that will achieve a hybrid future. The experts at Hirth recognise that the two-stroke engine is the perfect partner for electrical power units; low power to weight ratios enable higher payload capacity whilst lower torque and the absence of voltage peaks reduce energy requirements.

    This research will deliver a whole new generation of applications across maritime, land and civilian sectors. UAVs, and in particular VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) platforms, will move to the next level of their development. Hybrid applications will bring significant benefits to UAV manufacturers, including extended ranges and longer endurance levels, lower emissions and increased fuel efficiencies.

    Lietz continues: “The key partnership between advanced two stroke propulsion systems and electric power offers significantly better power-to-weight ratio and improvements in safety levels. Thanks to the use of a hybrid engine application, VTOL platforms in the future will be able to fulfil a wider variety of tasks in comparison to their fixed-wing counterparts.”

    For further information about Hirth’s portfolio of engines, visit http://hirthengines.com/.  

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    About AUVSI

    AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 is the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. XPONENTIAL offers access to more than 8,500 technologists, over 700 exhibitors and over 150 sessions for learning. Offering hands-on demos, thought-provoking keynotes and speed-networking sessions, XPONENTIAL gives you the opportunity to experience all things unmanned in the commercial and defence sectors.

    As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalise on next practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology businesses.

    About Hirth

    Hirth Engines GmbH, based near Stuttgart, with global sales operated from Vienna, has a long pedigree in the development of propulsion systems, stretching back to 1927. The innovative company was founded by German aviation pioneer and World War I ace Helmuth Hirth, a student of US inventor Thomas Edison, and collaborator with the Wright Brothers and Zeppelin.

    The company has set its sights on consolidating its leading role in the development of two-stroke engines for a range of diverse sectors including:

    • Unmanned and manned light and experimental aircraft (fixed wing and helicopters)
    • Hovercraft
    • Snowmobiles
    • Fire engine pumps

    Next generation R&D will focus on hybrid engines, based on the company’s winning formula of providing easy to maintain power to weight ratio propulsion technology across civilian and military applications. 

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