Aorus power engineering has developed a new engine that it says can be designed to perform in extreme environments, where the temperature of the atmosphere can drop to -80°C.
“It is designed to be a very extreme environment that has been proven to be safe for our team to operate at,” Aorus chief executive, Martin Rees, said.
The new engine, called AORUS3, was developed using a unique technique that combines the power of a large battery, an array of solar cells, and a battery that can be stored inside the engine.
“We are designing the engine for the extreme environments in which we operate,” Mr Rees said.
“The combination of this combination of materials, this combination with the electrical and mechanical engineering that we have done, we’ve managed to make it safe for us to be able to operate that engine for a very long time.”
The company has designed the engine to operate under extreme conditions, such as the coldest temperatures on Earth.
The AORIS engine has already undergone more than 200 tests in its early development stage, and Mr Ree said it was now ready for full scale production.
Mr Rees and his team have been building the engine since 2012.
They are now aiming to have the engine ready for commercialisation by the end of the year.
Mr Rees said AORAS engines were the first to be designed from the ground up for extreme environments.
“This is the first time that we’ve been able to take a vehicle design, we know how to do that,” he said.
He said the AORES engine could also provide fuel for future space missions.
Mr Aorus, which was founded in 2013 by engineers from AECOM, a US company, and its Singapore arm, AeroVironment, will soon begin testing the engine in a simulator.
Mr Alsip, who was formerly the head of engineering at AeroVir, said the engine’s development had been challenging because it had been developed using different materials and designs.
“But I think we’re on the right track,” he added.