Orion is Aurora’s long-endurance, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capable of providing
extreme persistence for military applications, such as ISR and communication relay.
Orion was competitively selected by the US Air Force for the Medium Altitude Global
ISR and Communication (MAGIC) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD).
The MAGIC JCTD was sponsored by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) to meet its demand
for persistent ISR. In the JCTD ranking process, five Combatant Commands ranked
Orion as their number one priority.
Affordable Persistence; Orion is able to fly for 5 days with 1,000 lbs payload at
20,000 feet in altitude.
Multi-INT; Orion supports multiple intelligence missions simultaneously, including
FMV EO/IR sensor, communication relay, cross cueing and payload fusion, WAAS, VADER,
and SIGINT options.
Long Endurance; Orion’s long endurance delivers the range to support CONOPS from
remote bases, Orion provides over 3 days on station from bases 2,000 miles from
Strike Capability; Orion has the potential to provide strike capability for the
warfighter with the ability to carry over 1,000 lbs per wing hardpoint
- Reduces number of bases needed for worldwide ops
- Reduces forward footprint minimizing personnel in harm’s way
- Provides flexibility even when infrastructure (e.g., airfields) unavailable in area
- Previously unreachable areas of vast oceans are now reachable
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