The Orion Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft combines a highly efficient aerodynamic design with lightweight construction and efficient heavy fuel propulsion, enabling over three times the endurance and range of current ISR platforms. This game-changing persistence enables a single aircraft to perform a continuous five day mission while carrying over 1,000 lbs of mission payloads, enabling a drastically extend area of coverage. A single Orion UAS can perform two days of persistent surveillance when operating from bases over 3,000 miles away from the target of interest.
On July 1, 2015 Aurora received official notification from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) that Orion 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.
- Medium-Altitude Aircraft
- 15,000-30,000 feet altitude
- 120+ hour endurance
- Up to 2800 lbs payload
Capabilities & Benefits
- Reduces number of bases needed for worldwide ops
- Reduces forward footprint minimizing personnel in harm’s way
- Provides flexibility even when infrastructure or airfields are unavailable
- Previously unreachable areas of vast oceans are now reachable