Orbital Provides Second UAV Engine Model to Insitu

By Mike Ball / 16 Jan 2020
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Orbital UAV has announced that, as specified in the company’s Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Insitu Inc., it has begun shipping the second model of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) engine to Insitu. The first engine model was a derivative of Orbital’s Modular Propulsion Solution, featuring the company’s patented FlexDI technology, while this second model is based upon an Insitu design.

Insitu is a key customer of Orbital UAV, and the two companies work closely on the design of new propulsion solutions for UAVs. The LTA between the two companies covers the delivery of multiple propulsion systems and services, which will be incorporated into Insitu’s entire fleet of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms. This second engine is being assembled and shipped from Orbital’s purpose-built production facility in Hood River, Oregon, USA.

Todd Alder, CEO and Managing Director of Orbital UAV, stated: “This is another significant milestone for Orbital UAV, both in the delivery of our commitments to Insitu and our longterm UAV-focused strategy. I am encouraged by our team’s progress and the quality of the product we are delivering. With our Company now in production of two world class engines from our Australia and USA facilities, our development team now shift their focus to the third engine model under the LTA.”

“The two engine models we have in production is further demonstration of Orbital UAV’s growing capabilities and capacity. Whether we are taking our own designs through R&D and into production or adding insight and rigour to the designs of our customers, Orbital UAV has the know-how and expertise to provide significant value across the advanced manufacturing process.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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