Aurora’s Orion unmanned aircraft lands after shattering the world flight endurance
record – December 5-8, 2014.
On July 1, 2015 the company received official notification from the Fédération Aéronautique
Internationale (FAI) that its Orion aircraft set the world record for duration of
flight for a remotely controlled UAV. The record was awarded based on the aircraft’s
80-hour, 2-minute and 52-second flight that took place December 5-8, 2014. The previous
record for the same class of unmanned aircraft was just over 30 hours, set by a
Global Hawk in 2001.
“We’re thrilled to receive notification that FAI and NAA have officially recognized
this groundbreaking development in unmanned flight,” said Dr. John Langford, chairman
and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences. We met and exceeded our customer’s requirements
for the aircraft. The most important recognition for Orion will come when the aircraft
is put to work meeting exactly what U.S. warfighter is calling for – unmanned, persistent
surveillance of our enemies. We stand ready to meet this growing demand.”
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