- Orbital UAV partnering with Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd to define leading unmanned aircraft systems into the next decade.
- Flight testing program in Australia improves Orbital UAV’s capability to fast track flight hour development and validation.
- Initial flight program targeting more than 300 hours of data.
Orbital Corporation Ltd (“Orbital UAV”, “the Company”) has continued to demonstrate its progress and growth in the unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) market with flight testing of its world-class propulsion systems in conjunction with customer Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd (“Insitu Pacific”), a division of Insitu Inc. and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
The program, conducted at Insitu Pacific’s testing and training facility in Queensland, represents the first time Orbital UAV’s propulsion systems have been flown in Australia and complements the Company’s existing flight testing activities in the USA.
“Our flight program with Insitu Pacific expands our capability to fast track flight hour development and
validation – gathering valuable data in real world conditions,” said Todd Alder, Managing Director and
CEO of Orbital UAV.
“These flights test the limits of our engines and highlight opportunities where we can continuously
improve our products – increasing reliability and field serviceability to ensure we are providing propulsion
systems that set the benchmark for performance,” he said.
Orbital UAV’s latest generation of engines – derivatives of the Company’s revolutionary Modular
Propulsion Solution (“MPS”) – are being flown on Insitu’s ScanEagle® platform.
Orbital UAV’s MPS addresses a growing need within the tactical UAV market for aircraft to have the
flexibility and versatility to adapt to changing end customer requirements and for the rapid deployment of
those aircraft. The modular range of propulsion systems are capable of being integrated across multiple
platforms with varying payloads and capability.
The initial flight program with Insitu Pacific is targeting more than 300 hours of data and highlights the
growing partnership between Orbital UAV and the Boeing subsidiary.
“Insitu Pacific has been flight testing its own unique payload designs and customer deliveries for the past
10 years,” said Andrew Duggan, Managing Director of Insitu Pacific.
“However, the activity with Orbital UAV is contributing important new performance and life-cycle data for
the ScanEagle® product line for Insitu globally and is supporting our continuous drive to innovate and
define leading unmanned aircraft systems into the next decade,” he said.