Air Strato

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Air Strato
Air Strato Hangar.jpg
Role Unmanned aerial vehicle
National origin Romania
Manufacturer ARCA
Status flight testing
Produced 1

Air Strato is an electric powered high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle currently in development at ARCA. It is the first in a larger UAV family intended for various surveillance and scientific applications. Air Strato is the largest version, having a wingspan of 16 m and is intended for stratospheric flight at an altitude of 18 km. It has an autonomy of 7 hours on internal batteries and 3 days using solar panels. It can cary a 30 kg payload consisting of surveillance equipment, scientific instruments or additional battery pods for extended autonomy.[1]

The first prototype is completed and ready for testing. The second prototype of the aircraft will have a retractable landing gear and improved avionics. Other versions will have a lower autonomy and flight ceiling but a higher speed and payload. A commercial version will be available for sale in Romania but will not be available to state institutions being exclusive for the private customers. [2]

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics[edit]

  • Crew: 0
  • Length: 7 m
  • Wingspan: 16 m
  • Height: 2.4 m
  • Wing area: 18 m²
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 280 kg

Performance[edit]

  • Maximum speed at altitude: 190 km/h
  • Flight ceiling: 18,000 m
  • Endurance: 3 days

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

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