Aeronautics – Orbiter 3

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The Orbiter 3 Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (STUAS) is produced by Israel’s Aeronautics.  Orbiter can be ground or sea-launched from a catapult and uses a low acoustic signature electric motor for propulsion during missions of up to seven hours duration at a range of 100 km.  On land, the UAS is recovered by means of a parachute and deployed airbag.  At sea, the Orbiter is recovered with a deck-mounted net, but is also sealed in the event a water recovery is necessary.  The UAS has a tri-sensor fully stabilized payload consisting of day/night cameras and a laser target designator.

An earlier version, Orbiter 2, is in service with the Israeli Navy.

Key features and capabilities:

  • Highly transportable vehicle mounted system
  • Tri-sensor payloads for day, night
    operation under clouds
  • Unique SIGINT capabilities
  • Rapid deployment, 7- minute to launch
  • Simple assembly, rapid turnaround
  • Silent, electrical propulsion
  • Low silhouette, covert operation
  • Automatic takeoff and recovery
  • Operational below cloud base, in harsh
    weather conditions
  • Long endurance, extended operational range
  • Catapult launch, net landing for maritime
  • Mission autonomy, accurate navigation,
    with or without GPS or datalink
  • Control and monitoring from moving vehicles

Optional capabilities:

  • Advanced image processing
  • Net landing for maritime operations
  • Advanced image processing


  • Vessel integration without the need for flight deck
  • Catapult launch, net landing

Recommended payloads:

  • The recommended payload for Orbiter 3 UAVs is the T-STAMP tri-sensor stabilized EO payload (Day/Night), cooled) with laser pointer.
  • D-STAMP: day (CCD) stabilized EO payload
  • UZ-STAMP: Night (uncooled FLIR) stabilized payload
  • M-STAMP: Dual Day (CCD) and Night (Uncooled FLIR) stabilized EO payload
  • HD-Lite: Photogrammetric mapping & 3D modeling

Advanced security features:

  • Mission execution without GPS and without datalink
  • Control and monitoring from moving vehicles
  • Denied flight zone recognition
  • Operation in A2\AD environment


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