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We are pleased to announce the following:
Astron Aerospace of Derby/Wichita, KS, and MATBOCK, LLC of Virginia Beach, VA an established contractor of the Depart of Defense (DoD), is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership for the Astron Omega 1 family of engines to the US Government customers. Astron has developed a paradigm-shifting, multi-fuel engine technology with unparalleled power-to-weight ratio, increased fuel economy, and low maintenance requirements. At only 38 lbs, the Astron Omega one is expected to produce 160hp and 170 ft-lbs of torque. In an era of rising fuel costs and push toward electric or zero-emissions vehicles, the Astron Omega One family of engines stand ready to meet the needs of many DoD requirements. MATBOCK has already incorporated this technology into various government projects and expects future development efforts associated with this technology to be available for customers by Q2 2023. “The Astron Aerospace engine technology allows MATBOCK to continue to push capabilities of warfighter past any current systems and redefine power production and management.”, said MATBOCK President Zach Steinbock. “We are excited to present the defense community with these projects in the near future and discuss future plans regarding this technology.” Matthew Riley CEO of Astron Aerospace said, “We are honored to work with a company founded by ex-Navy Seals as well as their value of military families and employment of them.”
We are now accepting applications for partnering OEM companies
Introducing an innovative, advanced, and simplistic new engine technology that will completely change the automotive, aerospace, marine, recreational vehicle, and power generation engine markets.
Astron’s Omega 1 has unmatched efficiency, extremely low to ZERO HARMFUL EMISSIONS, unrivaled power to weight ratio, and is the ultimate range extender. The Omega 1’s purpose is to change the world we live in for the better.
Note: This technology is projected to be capable of flying through a flock of birds, volcanic ash, smoke, and sand without skipping a beat, as well as the highest altitude flying capability that exists. Also does not require rotor seals at all. Tight tolerances and high RPMs solve that problem, not enough time for the air to leak when running!
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COMPLEXITY IS NOT THE SOLUTION.
THIS IS SIMPLICITY AT ITS BEST!
IGNITION SIDE VIEW
EXHAUST SIDE VIEW
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Combustibles through rotary valve from pre-chamber to combustion chamber
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OMEGA 1 – LEAN MEAN & GREEN • THIS IS MODULAR TECHNOLOGY!
35 LB ENGINE 160 HP 170 LB TORQUE IDLE 1000 RPM REDLINE 25K RPM
2 Engine stack:
70 LBS 320 HP 340 LB TORQUE IDLE 1000 RPM REDLINE 25K RPM
And So On...
Weight, Efficiency, and Environment
What makes the Omega 1 so much more powerful, light, and efficient than a piston engine?
First: There is a tremendous amount of friction, heat, parasitic, and pumping losses in a piston engine. Each time a piston moves up and down, the rings scrape against the piston walls and that causes friction. Nearly every moving part has contact with other moving parts and that causes more friction. The parasitic losses are not small, as they add up in the form of valve train losses, airflow restrictions, converting reciprocating piston energy into rotational crankshaft energy, and inertial losses due to spring function. There are also significant pumping losses due to the requirement to liquid cool the engine via moving lubricants throughout the engine. All of these losses reduce the power of an engine, and dealing with these losses increases the complexity and weight.
Second: The Omega 1 engine has very few of these losses. It has dramatically reduced friction, almost no parasitic losses, and no moving parts besides the rotational elements. There are very few pumping losses because the engine is air cooled via airflow around and through the engine, and only the synchronization gears and bearings require lubrication. This gives an added benefit of no cross-contamination of oil into the combustion chamber, which equates to lowering emissions.
A large improvement in combustion and overall efficiency comes from the forced air supercharged intake at between 200 and 300 psi. Normal superchargers boost the combustion pressure by only 6 to 35 psi. The Omega 1 supercharger is far superior and is an integral part of the combustion process.
Third: The overall efficiency also improves because of our “skip fire” capability of the engine. For example, the engine can fire every rotation while a vehicle is accelerating, but once at cruising speed in an aircraft, on a highway etc., the engine will only fire when there is a need, (every 5,10,50 rotations or whatever is required), and can idle at a high speed with very little fuel consumption. Then when conditions change and power is required, the computer will increase firing rate for nearly instant power with very low amounts of throttle lag. This can be tuned for maximum efficiency, maximum power, or a combination depending on desired application.
Fourth: The Omega 1 engine is the first engine with an active linear power transfer. As the Omega 1 engine rotates, all the power is transferred through the single rotating power shaft. There are no offset crankshafts, no reciprocating pistons, and no eccentric shaft (as in a Wankel rotary engine).
The engine weighs much less than a comparable piston engine because of the simplicity of the design, and because it has so few moving parts.
The Omega 1 is More Powerful, Lighter, Efficient, and Simpler than a Turbine Engine
The Omega 1 engine provides the ability to power a ducted fan much more efficiently, and without the major disadvantages of requiring conventional Brayton cycle propulsion technology employed by modern turbine engines. These include noise, high fuel consumption, throttle response lag, high rotational inertia, susceptibility to foreign object damage, and high manufacturing costs. This is due to complex machining and assembly processes of a relatively high number of parts pushing engine costs into the millions of dollars per unit. This is in addition to a costly and complex rebuild process required with operational hours.
The incredibly simple design of the Omega I engine will enable the engine to operate with approximately the same number of internal parts as a typical single-cylinder reciprocating engine found in lawn-care and other outdoor power equipment. Anticipated wear characteristics of the engine will potentially push operational time between overhauls into the 6-figure range (expected 100,000 hours plus) with only very simple, low-cost, and inexpensive maintenance required in between overhaul cycles. Throttle response will be almost instantaneous, foreign-object damage will be eliminated by design and the acquisition cost will be a small fraction of current turbine-engine technology due to design simplicity.
Exciting New Technology – Protected by Patents and Know-How
Matthew Riley, the Omega 1 inventor, is no stranger to patent protection. Matthew has many patents to his credit, and this is no different. His latest creation, the Omega 1 engine, is covered by multiple patent disclosures, provisional applications, and pending patent grants. Astron has filed nearly all of the patents both domestically and internationally. This includes China, Korea, India, and other areas where cars and aircraft are made. This technology is too good not to protect, so Astron has it covered!
The Omega 1 engine will change the world for the better by providing a new, smaller, more powerful engine while using much less fuel. This will produce significantly less green-house gasses, while improving torque and power in this incredibly small package. It will enable new and exciting applications as well as improve all existing transportation and power generating uses.
Meet the team
Founder, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board
Matthew Riley is the Founder and CEO of Astron as well as the Chairman of the Board. Matthew's latest invention, Astron's Omega 1 engine is revolutionary and will be disruptive to every engine market. Matthew is a creative genius in mechanical propulsion systems. In 2011 at the SAE conference Riley was recognized with one of the greatest achievements as an inventor when he was awarded the “Best of the Best” award for a two-stroke engine design that he invented. Matthew has many patents to his credit and has many new patents, both filed and pending for Astron's revolutionary new technology.
David N. Cool
Executive Vice President
David Cool has over forty years of experience in the aerospace industry. He began his aerospace career at the Cessna Aircraft Company as a trainee machinist. His career continued into the early eighties where he worked for several small shops with CNC milling and turning and in 1984, he went to work for LTV (Vought) in Dallas, TX where he worked on large gantries building parts for the Space Shuttle and the B-1B Bomber. In 1987 he went to work for the Boeing Company where he continued working on gantry mills becoming a shop lead and tooling manager. In 1993 he graduated from Wichita State University with a BBA in management and economics and in 1994 he went to work for Brittain Machine, one of the largest machine shops in Kansas at the time. At Brittain he managed quoting, estimating and sales along with manufacturing engineering, IT and eventually becoming the Contracts Administration manager. In 2000 he went to work for Stellex Precision Machining as the Director of Sales and Marketing where he managed all domestic and international marketing along with contracts administration. In 2002 he became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Harlow Aerostructures in Wichita where he helped double the size of the company in four years. In 2006 he and his wife purchased Clearwater Engineering and as the President/GM they built a company that only had one customer at the time into a successful aerospace company that became a supplier to multiple aerospace OEM’s including Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honda Aircraft, General Dynamics, IAI and Cessna/Textron Aviation to name a few.
Executive technical advisor R&D
Chris is an automotive industry legend. He is a 40 year automotive industry veteran and is known as The "Father of the Ford GT," and the "engineer´s engineer." . Other Products: 2005 Ford Mustang, Ford 150, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Viper, Plymouth Prowler, second-generation Chrysler Minivans, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Delorean Twin-Turbo, Chrysler/Calspan Research Safety Vehicle and numerous Powertrains, among others. Companies:
- CEO – American Specialty Cars
- CAD/CAE Design and Analysis
- CEO – Saleen, Inc.
- PVP – Ford North American Product Development
- VP North American Car Product Development (including Jaguar and Ford of Australia)
- VP North American Product Development
- VP Advance Product Development
- Products included: Ford GT, 2005 Mustang, F150, Fusion, Freestyle, 500, and advance programs including Flex
- General Manager of Minivan and Small Car Platforms
- Head of powertrain engineering
- Products included: 2nd generation Minivan, Neon, PT Cruiser, Prowler and Viper
Co-Founder & Executive Advisor
Mr. Whittle has over 40 years of experience in various roles in the high technology arena with nearly 30 years of experience as a senior level executive in both large companies and startups. He has served in a leadership position in innovation for 15 years with several startups and has been responsible for multiple new successful products. He has successfully managed two different billion-dollar product lines with responsibility for profit and loss, new features and functions, strategic partnerships, business development, program management, and engineering schedules. He has served as Vice President of Licensing and Business Development with General Electric and has been successful in other positions such as Intellectual Property Principal at Motorola and Sr. Director of Licensing and Business Development at Honeywell. He was one of three founders of BarPoint.com where he was instrumental in raising $40M. He created partnerships with the seven largest wireless carriers in the United States which was the fundamental reason for the company attaining a billion-dollar market cap. Mr. Whittle was the Deputy Division Leader of the Feynman Center for Innovation at LANL where he was responsible for managing over 40 people in the commercialization, technology transfer and intellectual property functions. He has distinguished himself in developing and coordinating strategies and creating successful partnerships with a primary focus on bringing new technologies to market. He is a strategic thinker and an expert at working with third-party vendors and partners; strategic partnerships are his specialty. He excelled in the Harvard Program on Negotiation and has negotiated many multi-million dollar contracts.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Johnson is Astron’s CFO. He has been employed as a tax accountant for over 20 years. He currently is majority owner in a small CPA firm in Derby, Kansas that employs 10 people. They provide tax, consulting and accounting services to a wide range of individuals and businesses. He received his Bachelors of Accounting degree from Wichita State University in 1998. In 2000 he received his Masters of Professional Accountancy degree from Wichita State University. He then sat for the CPA exam and passed it in 2002 receiving his certificate to practice. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Director of Operations
Mike Mockry has been in the aerospace industry for over 30 years and is the owner of Mockry & Sons Machine. His career in aerospace began in 1988 as a shipping & receiving clerk at McGinty Machine where he advanced to becoming an accomplished machinist and manager. With this experience, he moved into other managerial roles including becoming the Shop Supervisor and later the Quality Control Manager and eventually a General Manager. In 1994 along with his father he started Mockry & Sons Machine Company where he has spent the last 26 years managing this successful aerospace manufacturing company. During this time, he also gained experience in the automotive industry helping a local business develop and reengineer their fluid exchange machines including transmission, coolant, brake, and fuel systems. He continued to grow his business in the aerospace industry implementing the business systems and certifications necessary that helped his company to become a first-tier supplier to multiple aerospace manufacturers such as Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Aviation to name a few.
Director of Product Development
Cody Liby has been in the automotive and aerospace industries for over 24 years. He began working in the automotive industry in 1994 at R&L Automotive where he built engines and performed other automotive repairs for all makes and models. In 1997 he began working for a small aerospace machine shop, Mockry and Sons Machine and in 2000 he became the Shop Manager. During this time, he also accomplished several R&D projects including the start-up and design of BG Products transmission fitting kits and brake machines flow transfer block. In late 2005 he took a position as Operations Manager with Wichita Aerospace Spares (W.A.S.I.), overseeing all manufacturing departments including Milling, Lathe, Assembly, Forming, Welding, and Shop Scheduling. In 2008 he went to work for Buffco Engineering to establish a new Multi-axis Mill/Turn Lathe Division managing machine acquisitions, shop layouts, quoting, machine set-up, programming, and training. With these responsibilities, he was also able to work with Super Jet Drilling Systems designing adapter kits for all the different drilling systems producing many custom engine parts and modifications for race cars and off-road motorsports. In 2011 he accepted a role as Senior Estimator for the KMI (formerly Wolfe Machine), where he was responsible for all cost estimating and product valuations. Then In 2016, he accepted the position of General Manager at Mockry and Sons, where he began his aerospace career, taking over all aspects of shop management and operations until he joined Astron Aerospace, LLC in 2019.
Director of Manufacturing Operations
Mark Kendrick has been a business owner and a manager of operations for the past 30 years. He was the sole proprietor of Kendrick Farms where he managed all facets of farming operations including production control and equipment maintenance while overseeing all sales and financial aspects of the business. From 2009-2015 he was a member of the Wellington COOP Board of Directors overseeing the administration of product needs for the local farming community and from 1998-2006 he was a member of the Chikaskia TWP (township) board of directors where he helped oversee the maintenance and infrastructure needs of the township. He moved on in 2017 to work for Clearwater Engineering who is a supplier to the aerospace industry. This move provided him experience in high-speed precision milling machining and the operations of a modern machine shop. He quickly moved into shop management and eventually into the expanded role of Operations Manager. With this change, he managed all complex high speed and hard metals milling as well as assembly, maintenance, and facilities. His hands-on experience in machining and shop floor management, as well as other managerial positions, has also led to leading roles in lean manufacturing, production management, and efficiency initiatives including high levels of work in business systems and operations management.
Steve Vander Griend
During his tenure as a United States Marine, Steve developed a strong mechanical background. As Technical Director Astron, this background, along with technical data collection and engineering relationships, Steve has been extremely beneficial in the development of the Omega 1 engine with insight into America’s energy and environmental needs.
He has an impressive background. For the last decade, Steve has been involved in numerous projects focused on the modeling of mobile source emissions related to gasoline and ethanol blends. Steve’s influence was instrumental in enabling testing that resulted in the publishing of numerous Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) papers on ethanol’s performance and emission benefits. In 2019, Steve was awarded the High Octane Award by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine for his passion and unstoppable pursuits to benefit the ethanol industry.
Steve has also been instrumental in raising awareness within the scientific community, ethanol industry and general public on the health and emission benefits of ethanol. His dedication to engine and fuel properties has created a new level of research and understanding related to fuel ethanol.Industry Involvement
- As an ASTM member, Steve has presented multiple times on fuel property limits and the challenges with modeling ethanol in a gasoline mixture.
- Member of the National Conference of Weights & Measures
- Member of EPA’s MOVES Review Group which reviews and analyzes the emission modeling qualities of EPA’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model.
- Active member in the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Association
- Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee, Clean Fuels Development Coalition
R. Kurt Barnhart, Ph.D.
Dr. Barnhart is the Associate Dean of Research and Engagement as well as Executive Director- Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Salina, KS. He is serving as the executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center which established and now oversees the Unmanned Aerial Systems program office. He is also responsible for the creation and administration of two research centers, the Applied Aviation Research Center, and the Bulk Solids Innovation Center. There, he is tasked with pivoting a campus with a primary teaching mission to one which incorporates leading research. He is responsible for developing business strategy, maintaining legislative relationships, and working with state leadership as current chair of the Kansas Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board. In this role his current project is development of a strategic plan to leverage Kansas' deep history in aviation manufacturing to global competitiveness in advanced aerospace research operations. Dr. Barnhart is also responsible for managing campus research activities including research seed funding program oversight and undergraduate research showcase development. Dr. Barnhart’s Research agenda has been focused on the integration of Unmanned. Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System. His industry experience includes work as an R&D inspector with Rolls Royce Engine Company where he worked on the RQ-4 Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft development program, Research & Developmental Test Inspector, Allison Engine Co. (Now Rolls Royce), in Indianapolis, IN. where he monitored the build & tear-down of prototype jet aircraft engines. Engines included: 250 (all series), T-56, T-406, T-800, AE 3007 & 2100. Projects included the Citation X, V-22 Osprey, and Saab 2000. Dr. Barnhart is an invaluable asset to Astron in the development and production of this revolutionary new engine.
Outside Patent Counsel
Bryan is a registered patent attorney, mechanical engineer, and former patent examiner for the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent prosecution, patent infringement/non-infringement opinions, negotiating and documenting technology-related transactions, strategic protection of intellectual property assets and intellectual property litigation. Bryan regularly handles the procurement of intellectual property in the U.S. and abroad, including in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and numerous other jurisdictions worldwide. He has counseled clients on the analysis of patent validity and infringement, represented clients in patent infringement litigation, and prosecuted numerous patent applications.
Branston “Wheels” Bauder
Aviation Technical Director
"In Memory of our dear friend" “Wheels” Bauder has been a pilot at American Airlines for 28 years. He was a graduate of the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he was trained as an Aviation Safety Officer, so safety stands as his first priority. Wheels brings thousands of flying hours and decades of flying experience as a pilot and as a test pilot so aviation is in his blood. Wheels will work with the aviation sector to ensure Astron engines are the best in every way that matters. Aircraft powered by Astron Aerospace, LLC engines will be the safest, most efficient, most powerful and cleanest aircraft in the skies. Wheels will help to make that happen.
Investor executive consultant
Dr. Philip E. Alei is a Ph.D. Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years of experience in designing, building, and testing prototypes. He is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) and has taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced SolidWorks topics at the college level. His education includes a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley, also in Mechanical Engineering. Along with his design expertise, Dr. Alei owns a full machine shop and eight 3D printers. One of these printers, a Markforged Mark Two, prints with chopped carbon fiber reinforced nylon. It also has the capability to incorporate continuous fiber reinforcement with fiberglass, carbon, or Kevlar yielding parts with tremendous strength and stiffness. These lightweight parts are equivalent to or better than quality purchased components, but custom parts can be designed and produced in a matter of days. This combination of education, skill, experience, and fabrication capability puts Dr. Alei in a unique position to provide ultra-fast design iterations on a large variety of projects. In 1991, Dr. Alei and two other Ph.D. graduates from UC Berkeley founded Berkeley Engineering And Research (BEAR, Inc.), a consulting company focused on design, analysis, and testing of a variety of mechanical devices and systems. More can be found on our website: www.bearinc.com The company is now involved with several COVID-related projects, including a non-invasive ventilator. Using a CPAP, full-face snorkel, and related interface we can provide oxygen to a patient without intubation. Although the United States government has not approved the device, we have successfully employed hundreds of these units in foreign countries, saving many lives in the process. Dr. Alei’s passion is providing fast prototype development, taking an idea “from your head to your hands” A recent colleague has stated: “Dr. Phil, with you, I don’t even need a bar napkin! I wave my hands with design ideas, and you put a working prototype in my hands within days that is even better than I imagined”
Chief Marketing Officer, CMO
Monte Clark is a public speaker, author, and co-founder of Abound Social, a sales enablement company. Monte is widely considered one of the foremost thinkers and strategists of marketing on Linkedin. He has owned four other companies including a marketing, real estate, and eCommerce company. He was Vice President of Marketing for Quality Group of Companies in Kansas City before starting Abound Social. Monte is a fractional CMO for three companies including his role with Astron Aerospace, LLC. Monte coaches business owners and executives across the globe on how to unify their marketing and sales teams through brand message and personal brand development. Monte is the host of multiple business podcasts and was a founding board member of the Christian Community Foundation of Kansas City.
Evan is a highly talented, up-and-coming engineer at Astron Aerospace. Evan joined the company as an intern and is completing his bachelor's in engineering.
Executive Director of Business Development
Kelly has a long history and knowledge of the aerospace industry as well as engineering. He is an enabler of client relationships.
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Astron Aerospace, LLC is a privately held LLC and is NOT publicly traded
This technology is extraordinarily inexpensive to license.
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