Aurora’s Orion UAV Aims For 120-Hr. Flight

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 23, 2013
Credit: Aurora Flight Sciences

Long in gestation and in endurance, Aurora Flight Sciences' Orion unmanned aircraft has made its first step toward demonstrating a 120-hr. flight at 20,000 ft., carrying a 1,000-lb. multi-sensor payload.

That would allow the Orion to provide continuous surveillance carrying a Predator-class payload with fewer takeoffs and landings than current medium-altitude, long-endurance UAVs flying 24-hr. missions, significantly reducing the manpower burden and operating cost.

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