Aeronautics revamps Orbiter 2 – new B model is an all-digital system

Orbiter 2 is configured to carry the STAMP family stabilized EO payloads, including daylight, IR, IR-Zoom and the new multi-sensor (M-STAMP). Photo: Aeronautics

Orbiter 2 is configured to carry the STAMP family stabilized EO payloads, including daylight, IR, IR-Zoom and the new multi-sensor (M-STAMP). Photo: Aeronautics

Aeronautics is launching at Eurosatory a new variant of the electric-powered Orbiter 2 mini unmanned aerial system (UAS) family, designated Orbiter 2B. Externally, the new drone looks the same, but internally, its core systems – avionics, datalink and controls are all modernized, digitised, and more secured.

Aeronautics has completed the development of a new variant of its Orbiter 2 mini-UAS, implementing many lessons learned through extensive operational use of these drones, by more than 20 countries. In fact the B model is a new mini UAS packed into the airframe design of the Orbiter 2. Among the systems upgraded through this redesign are avionics, datalink, navigation and mission security. The drone can carry 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) of payload, including the standard EO payloads used by the Orbiter 2 – among them the Controp STAMP series, including the dual-sensor M-STAMP, integrating day camera, IR camera and laser pointer. The introduction of digital datalink enables the use of additional payloads providing the Orbiter 2B a broader mission capability hitherto available only to larger Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets. The air vehicle has a proven operational record in extreme weather conditions, through snow, rain and wind gusts up to 40 knots.

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