Co-axial motors with counter rotating props



There have been many experiments with this set-up, both in the rc, ppg and main aviation world.
For ppg:

Torque, gyro, p-factor reduction/cancelling
Can have a single set in the centre, motor failure does not change the line of thrust
More thrust for the same cage diametre

Cost, weight, complexity, potential noise, not as compact as openppg, efficiency(?)

One potential combination:
Two T-motor U15:
with one set of:
It will not produce 165lbs of thrust and prices are still high


One of the major problems with co-axial motor/prop configurations its loss of efficiency. Everyone pretty much agrees on about a 20% loss of efficiency with a co-axial setup. Also, there’s a slight increase in noise but that not really the tipping factor. I would be fun to experiment with some setups in the future be it’s just not ideal. Thanks for sharing.



I had this idea some time ago, because I have read this:

But searching/reading more, I think in rcgoups formus, cannot find links now, I have found that it is difficult to implement it right, to achieve extra efficiency.

My thoughts is to stick with current design and release it ASAP :slight_smile: After that go to experiment more :slight_smile:

Assisted Free Flight

Yes theoretically they can be in very very specific environments (high speed, and within very similar mach number) but for our situation, there would be at least an efficiency decrease of 15% if not more.
There is reason you don’t see the large drone and airplane manufactures making aircraft with coaxial props. You would think that with the 6-16% decrease in fuel consumption there would be a large demand. The vast majority of the time it is less efficient.


I also looked into this one with a view to e-PPG application. One of my multirotors (drones) has twin motors (counter-rotating) at the end of each arm so it drove me to set up a crude thrust jig to investigate it’s efficiency. The best number I got was an efficiency loss of 10%. This was good enough for me to keep drawing out a design for PPG. Roadblock ended up being mechanical / structural complexity of the unit. Also blocked airflow by pilots body unless going for big ass props. For me, the advantages of counter-rotating didn’t justify the challenges of implementing the design
I like the ‘strap a big drone to your back’ idea a lot better for the following reasons:
1 - smaller, cheaper motors / ESCs - same goes for props
2 - Cleaner, more simplified design (for the inevitable crash, rebuild)
3 - More unobstructed prop in clean air