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Goebler-Hirthmotoren GmbH & Co. KG has been working with MartinUAV on a new propulsion system for their V-BAT transitional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) to improve operational endurance and to add heavy fuel capability. MartinUAV successfully flew this new gasoline engine on February 28th and demonstrated hover and transitioned to horizontal flight. The engine that MartinUAV integrated and flew in the V-Bat was Hirth's 15hp 4201 air-cooled 2-stroke boxer engine.

Features of the 183cc 4201 engine include: advanced closed loop fuel control to optimize performance, CAN bus or RS485 interface for easy communication with the V-Bat flight computer, on-board data storage of engine run parameters allowing post flight analysis, shielded ECU/harness to protect against electromagnetic interferance (EMI), 1kW starter/generator to provide remote start and air vehicle electrical power. It also features automatic altitude and temperature compensation enabling reliable start and operation in a wide operating range. Temperature: -40 to +50 degree C (-40 to +122 degree F). Altitude: 0 - 6000m (0 - 20,000 ft.). The 4201 variant integrated to the V-Bat can also be adapted with a 1:2 reduction drive for fixed wing applications to spin a larger propeller to reduce noise and increase thrust. There is also an optional iPowerTM variant of the 4201 engine that enables spark ignition operation on heavy fuel. This will allow MartinUAV to meet NATO's one fuel policy which eliminates gasoline for safety and logistic reasons.