Certified Version of Orion UAS to be Developed

By Caroline Rees / 04 Jan 2018
Orion Ultra Long Endurance UAS

Aurora’s Orion Ultra Long Endurance UAS (Image: Aurora Flight Sciences)

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, has confirmed that they have been awarded a new $48 million contract by the U.S. Air Force has for the continued development of the Orion long endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Orion is a twin-engine high performance UAS that can stay aloft over 100 hours at a time with payloads in excess of 1,000 pounds. Development of the Orion started in 2006 and its first flight was in August 2013. In December 2014, the Orion established the current UAS world endurance record with an 80-hour, 2-minute and 52-second flight.

The new contract funds the development of a certified version of Orion that will be suitable for deployment anywhere in the world. The work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, and Manassas, Virginia.

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