The Arcturus T-20 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a medium range, fully composite aircraft capable of internal and external payloads. Launched from a portable catapult, it can be recovered with a shipboard landing system, or belly land on unimproved surfaces. The T-20 carries a retractable gimbal-mounted, digitally stabilized, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera that relays video in real time via a C-band LOS data link to the ground control station (GCS). Powered by a 4-stroke, fuel injected gasoline engine, the aircraft burns 2 lbs of fuel per hour at cruise.
The T-20 does not require an airfield to operate and lands on dirt, grass, desert, or gravel roads. The internal payload bay (11″x11″x36″) allows for sensor arrays to be pre-assembled on ‘payload pallets’ that attach from the bottom of the aircraft. The T-20 system includes three aircraft, ground control station, portable launcher, and support trailer for equipment and personnel. The airframe is entirely composite with complex wet wings tested to stresses of 10 G’s.
- Crew: 2 man ground crew
- Length: 9 ft 5 in (2.9 m)
- Wingspan: 17 ft 6 in (5.3 m)
- Height: 3.0 ft in (1 m)
- Empty weight: 110 lb (50 kg)
- Gross weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × 1 Aviation Gasoline Avgas 110 LL 4 stroke internal combustion, 190cc, 10 hp (7.5 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 86 mph (139 km/h)
- Range: 55 LOS miles (89 km)
- Endurance: 10-20 hours
- Service ceiling: 7,620 (rated), 25,000 (proven) ft (4,572 (rated), 25,000 (proven) m)