Propulsion Solutions for Uncrewed Systems
Plettenberg is a leading developer and manufacturer of tailored high-end drive solutions for civil and defense UAV, UUV, USV and UGV applications. Looking for a tailored solution for your project?
Tailored propulsion solutions for demanding applications
Our tailored drive systems are unrivalled in their robustness, power-to-weight ratio, efficiency and compactness, making them suitable for heavy duty professional and defense missions in harsh environments. With more than 30 years of experience, we are among the leading suppliers to unmanned system OEMs.
Uncrewed system engineers need to solve complex problems
Our customers face numerous challenges when deciding on the ideal propulsion solution for their unmanned system application.
We are available to support you
Ready for a tailored propulsion system for your uncrewed system application?
Please reach out to us and our engineers will evaluate your project for potential optimization.
Plettenberg is the global leader in high-performance inrunner BLDC motors.
Generators and starters. Up to 15kW.
Plettenberg is a leading provider of high-performance outrunner BLDC motors.
High-quality, low weight accessories.
Electronic motor controllers. Up to 400 V and 350 A.
Aviation Design & Plettenberg UAV Propulsion System
Plettenberg providesthe electric propulsion motor for the Spy Ranger UAV of Aviation Design
Aviation Design is a leading developer and manufacturer of UAVs, aerial targets, sub scale demonstrators and wind tunnel models for defense and civil applications. The company produces drones under license for major aerospace companies and is authorized by the French Ministry of Defense for building and marketing defense products. One of the flagship projects is the Thales Spy Ranger Program, a contact airborne intelligence, surveillance and security UAV system. The Spy Ranger was selected by the DGA to be operational for the French army. Aviation Design was looking for a highly robust, light weight and efficient propulsion system for the Spy Ranger. The electric motor had to be able to operate in harsh conditions, such as high altitude and extreme weather conditions, including snow and rain. The efficiency and power-to-weight ratio was also very important to support extended flight ranges.
Plettenberg provides tailored drive systems, which are manufactured on a made-to-order basis. Hence, we do not have a stock of standard products. Our lead times depend on the required engineering and customizations efforts. Most products can be delivered in a 4-10 weeks timeframe. Please reach out to our sales team for a quote.
As we do not offer standard products, we also do not have standard price lists. We first collect all information of the customers application and determine the suitable drive solution. After this we will provide you with a quote. For series production we provide attractive scale prices. Please reach out to our sales team for more information.
Plettenberg drive solutions are available in numerous configurations and power classes. Our main focus is on the medium to larger scale UAV segment, with input power of ~500 W to 50 kW.
We need detailed information on your application, such as targeted voltage, amps, rpm, thrust, load profile data, etc. If certain data points are not yet availabe, we will support you. Please reach out to our sales team and we provide you with a spec sheet, which provides a template for required data.
We are specialists in designing high performance propulsion solutions. Our team takes a comprehensive perspective and helps you in making the right decisions, such as trading off performance vs. weight vs. robustness. In addition, we provide you with data to evaluate how much efficiency/added-value a tailored propulsion system generates for you. The end result is a solution, which precisely matches your requirements. We also support you with all other topics that come up when designing your UAV propulsion system, such as choosing the right prop, thermal management, system integration, power supply, noise, certification, etc.
We have a lab for performing load measurements and temperature tests. For environmental tests we work with external partners.
We have long standing relationships with customers in the aerospace and defense industry. Hence, we have quality and documentation systems in place to support our customers in obtaining certifications.
All our products are manufactured at our HQ in Germany according to the highest quality standards.
We have numerous customers in the defense and commercial market. Among our customers are leading defense primes, commercial drone OEMs, innovative start-up companies and many more.
We provide drive solutions for various types of unmanned systems. This includes airborne drone systems such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In addition, we provide solutions for marine system, such as Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) or Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV). Lastly, we also offer drive solutions for unmanned land missions, such as Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) or robotic systems.
Yes, we have completed several successful AAM projects and we are constantly adding new projects to our pipeline. Please reach out to our sales team for more information.