The Orbiter 4 is based on the successful aerodynamic structure and properties of the Orbiter 3 – Aeronautics’ Renowned small tactical unmanned aerial vehicle. Orbiter 4 exclusive abilities include maximum endurance of more than 24 hours, and a multi mission ability, based on the Orbiter 4 capability to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously. Its other features include maximum takeoff weight of 50 KG, maximum flight altitude of 18,000 feet and 250 KM line of sight range.
The Orbiter 3 Small Tactical(ST ) 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 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. The Orbiter 3 ST is suited for land as well as maritime environments, and requiring a very small logistic footprint. The Orbiter 3 system was sold to and is currently operated by high-end customers all around the world.
According to Aeronautics, the Orbiter 4 will have an operating endurance of more than 24h and will be able to carry dual payloads that can be used simultaneously.
Maximum take-off weight is 50kg (110lb), with the type to be operated at altitudes up to 18,000ft. Aeronautics says line-of-sight operations will be possible up to a range of 135nm (250km).