About

Trek Aerospace provides the best solution for creating maximum lift in a limited space, enabling everything from personal flight to heavy lifting drones.

More payload and performance

Our core technology has the highest thrust to hp/kw in the industry.   Allowing you to carry a lot of weight in a small footprint, Trek’s shrouded props will require far less power, meaning fewer batteries, further range, greater payload capacity, and longer loiter times.

Quiet, ducted design

Spinning propellers are loud you say?  Not only is our shroud perfect for manoeuvring in tight spaces or rooms, a Trek shrouded prop produces at least 40% more static thrust than a free prop of the same diameter, and they're 50% quieter than the non-shrouded alternatives.

Safety comes standard

Our shrouded assemblies are designed with safety in mind. The shroud protects people and objects from a spinning propeller. Compare that to a number of designs based around free propellers where the person or package is not that far away from as many as twelve spinning props!

History

Founded in 1996, Trek has been dedicated to understanding and improving shrouded propeller performance and efficiency.  We developed Trek’s proprietary CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software program, TASPA™ (Trek Aerospace Shrouded Propeller Analysis), to design optimal shrouded propeller modules. Testing in NASA and university wind tunnels has validated the accuracy of our code.  Flight testing of both manned and unmanned vehicles has further verified the real-world applications of our technology.  Trek’s knowledge base allows us to design and build shrouded propellers that produce 50-75% more static thrust than our nearest competitor.  Furthermore, our shrouded propellers outperform similar free propellers to airspeeds in excess of 200 knots.  Like a modern day nerdy A-Team, today we are a small group of committed individuals who love to innovate and solve intractable problems.

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Services

Consulting

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We specialize in custom solutions to unique problems.  While our world class expertise lies in optimizing our ducted propeller assemblies to manned and unmanned aircraft we do so much more!  Our experience ranges from defense applications, aircraft, watercraft, drag racing, to submersibles.  By air, land, and sea we can help with your toughest challenges.

CFD Code

CAD Software

Univ. of MD Wind Tunnel Test

NASA Ames Wind Tunnel Test

Prototyping

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Have an idea but not sure how to make it a reality? From the preliminary design to detailed design, followed by fabrication we can help make your dream a reality. We can even help with the flight testing. Whether you want our assistance in one area or would like us to manage all of it, we can help.  So if you're dreaming of flying to work without the traffic, bring your idea to us.

SoloTrek

Dragonfly

FK1

Baja Skimmer

Licensing

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We gladly partner with companies in the industry to license our products for use in their overall designs. From aircraft companies, drone manufacturers, submersibles, and more, we can structure the agreement based on your project requirements.  We provide the designs and you manufacture them along with the rest of your vehicle.

Core Technology

CFD Code

Vertical Lift

Forward Flight

Forward Flight

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Projects

Past and present

  • FK2
    Our entry into the GoFly Challenge
  • XTI TriFan 600
    65% SCALE POC PRELIMINARY AND DETAILED DESIGN
  • Elesi
    AIR TAXI CONCEPT
  • Springtail/SoloTrek
    THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL
  • FK1
    MANNED VTOL OCTOCOPTER
  • Dragonfly
    MANNED VTOL TILT DUOCOPTER
  • OVIWUN
    VTOL DUOCOPTER UAV
  • Baja Skimmer
    SINGLE DUCTED PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
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Press

FK2 Our entrant to the GoFly Challenge sponsored by Boeing is the FK2.  A new and improved version of our revolutionary FK1, it has ten of our ducted propellers and is custom designed to meet the challenges' specifications.

SPECS Width: 6'7"     Length: 6'5"     Height: 3'11"     Max Speed: 55 kts     Cruise Speed: 45 kts     Cruise Endurance: 30+ mins     Battery Pack: 9.6 kWh     Safety Features: Redundant propulsion/battery/auto-pilot, screened propellers, 4-point safety harness

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Media Inquires

FK2
For media inquires regarding the FK2 program, please email media@trek.aero

GENERAL
For general inquires regarding Trek or our other projects, please email info@trek.aero