Aeronautics Launches Orbiter 2B Mini UAS

By Caroline Rees / 12 Jun 2014
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Orbiter 2B

The Orbiter 2B Mini UAS

Aeronautics – a leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of state-of-the-art unmanned systems for land, sea and air, integrating surveillance equipment with network information – launches the newest member of its Orbiter UAS Family – Orbiter 2B – with unique capabilities in the areas of Data Communications and Mission Completion.

Orbiter 2B has a unique operational and mission execution capability, as well as an exceptional carrying capacity. These attributes enable, among other things, activation of the system in a moving vehicle, thus allowing continuous tracking of the moving target, frequency hopping to increase encryption, prevention of jamming, and remote control capabilities via an optical fiber that connects with the existing infrastructure.

In addition, Orbiter 2B has the unique capability of navigating independently, enabling completion of the mission even if the GPS is jammed or there is no communication. The automatic warning system, which sends alerts regarding any deviation from the mission definitions, gives the operator high-level monitoring and control capabilities that ensure mission success. The orbiter 2B digital data link is adjusted to support both C band and S band with a full duplex communication, allowing unique intelligence capabilities and high-level information processing.

The Orbiter 2 and Orbiter 3 will also be on display. All systems are suited for land as well as maritime environments, requiring a very small logistic footprint and only 2-3 operators. With cutting-edge, enhanced imagery export capabilities, and improved avionics systems, Orbiter has accumulated thousands of operational hours, and is considered a leader in its class.

The compact and lightweight Orbiter 2 UAS system – offering extended endurance and range – can fly for 4 hours to a distance of up to 80 km. The system carries a multi-sensor camera with day-and-night channels and a laser pointer. Easy to operate, it can be assembled in 10 minutes, is launched from a catapult, and lands using a parachute and an airbag. Operational even in the harshest weather conditions, it is gyro-stabilized with tri-sensor and zoom payload. Delivering advanced image processing, accurate navigation, and net landing capability for maritime operations, it is easily controlled from a personal GCS.

The Orbiter 3 Small Tactical UAS (STUAS) is a compact and lightweight system for military and homeland security missions, providing an operational range of up to 100 km and up to 7 hours of endurance. Carrying a triple sensor payload with day-and-night, thermal image and laser pointer, the system has significant tactical UAS capabilities in a mini-aerial platform body. Assembled in 20 minutes, the fully-autonomous, vehicle-mounted system enables static and on-the-move operation. Providing a tri-sensor and stabilized EO/IR payload, it uses a catapult take-off and a parachute and airbag recovery, and is electrically powered for silent covert operation.

According to Colonel (Ret.) Amos Mathan, CEO, “We are pleased to present our wide range of products at Eurosatory, and participate in the exhibition after a year and a half of economic growth and prosperity. The Aeronautics Group offers integrated solutions for tactical UAS and persistent surveillance systems, and today, the Company products are being used by defense and security forces in 45 countries around the world. I strongly believe that Aeronautics will continue to be an important partner in the global UAS domain.”

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact