The Nike engine is a direct "spin-off" of the successful Titan engine, knowledge collected during the last 5 years of building and testing the Titan engine did evaluate into another revolutionary design gas turbine.
The Nike engine is constructed around a single, fully CNC machined, radial compressor wheel and an axial flow turbine stage. The Nike owes most of its excellent performance and power/weight ratio because of its revolutionary design diffuser stage similar to the Titan engine.
Seize / weight.
The diffuser stage allows the relative small engine diameter of 201 mm for this high thrust engine. The "engine only weight" is 8870 gram (19,3 Lb), the "system airborne *) weight" of the complete Nike system is only 10580 gram (23,3 Lb), which is extremely competitive for an engine with this thrust.
The Nike will be manufactured with a direct electric start kerosene starting system, on request also propane start is a option, both work as a fully automatic electric starting system.
Electronic Control Unit.
The ECU hardware and software to control this engine are based on our own design version 2 ECU. Throttle and switch input channels can be controlled with 2 PWM signals both between 1,0 and 2,0 milliseconds but on request also with DC signals between 0 and 5 Volt, a so called "analog ECU". It is also possible to use the so called "combined throttle function" were both, throttle and switch signals, can be used on the throttle input to save control channels. A third way to control the throttle and switch is via a RS-232 serial protocol at various transmission speeds, the serial protocol is available from our download page or directly at serial control .pdf.
A new feature used within this engine is the internal EGT sensor, this EGT sensor (a real Tt5) has a diameter of 1.0 mm, because of this small diameter there is a fast EGT response time possible. The result of this fast EGT response time is a short start up time of less than 20 seconds.
This engine will find its use in UAV high speed target drone applications, experimental aircraft, universities, sound studies, full size gliders and many more applications. Especially for "university" applications we can apply several measuring positions on this engine like we do with Olympus HP and Titan engines. (see picture of a University Olympus HP engine)
The price mentioned in our pricing page is a single unit introductory price and will be evaluated at the beginning of 2013. For larger quantities we can offer a different pricing.
There are no restrictions for the sale of this engine within the European Union **), however for customers outside the European Union there is a need for a "end user certificate". This certificate is needed because of Counsel Regulation (EC) No 1167/2008 of 24 October 2008, more specific; CATEGORY 9 AEROSPACE AND PROPULSION.
AMT Netherlands will start with the production of this engine in the 3rd quarter of 2012.
*) Total weight of; Nike engine, ECU, fuel pump, 5200 Mah LiPo battery, thermo sensor, solenoid valves, mounting straps.
**) For countries see European Union site
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