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Drone & UAV Engines of Xponential 2017!

Robot Online thanks Tom Atwood of the National Robotics Eduation Foundation and Lucien Miller of  Innov8tive Designs for this exclusive look at some of the engines that keep large UAVs in the air:

The latest engines used in the most sophisticated RC aircraft on the planet were out in force at the recent Xponential 2017 national conference, held May 8-11 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

The unmanned flying machines these power are used by the military, for traffic control, in support of agriculture and mining, for infrastructure inspection, by cruise ships and in a variety of additional industries. Although electric flight rules in the hobby world, the engines shown here power larger, very sophisticated aircraft that must stay aloft for longer periods.

Held May 8-11, Xponential 2017 took place in the largest exhibit hall ever dedicated to unmanned systems and robotics, with over 370,000 square feet. It featured over 650 robotics organizations – companies, research institutions, universities, consultants, nonprofits and more – from the U.S. and countries worldwide!  The National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF),, shot the show, which can be viewed at:

It is our pleasure to offer this exclusive survey of drone and UAV engines exhibited at this unprecedented event!

Photos by Lucien Miller, CEO of

Editing by Tom Atwood, NREF executive director. © 2017 The National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF),