Orbital UAV begins shipping second engine type

Orbital UAV has begun shipping a new engine model to Boeing Insitu under its Long Term Agreement (LTA) with the company.

The five-year LTA with Insitu, announced in October 2018, covers the delivery of multiple propulsion systems and services, to be applied across the Boeing subsidiary’s entire fleet of UAS platforms.

Orbital UAV began production of the first engine model under the LTA in 2019. This initial model was the first derivative of Orbital UAV’s Modular Propulsion Solution, featuring the company’s FlexDI technology.

This second engine model will support Insitu’s Integrator UAS platform.

Todd Alder, CEO and managing director of Orbital UAV, said: ‘The two engine models we have in production is further demonstration of Orbital UAV’s growing capabilities and capacity.

‘Whether we are taking our own designs through R&D and into production or adding insight and rigour to the designs of our customers, Orbital UAV has the know-how and expertise to provide significant value across the advanced manufacturing process.’

Orbital UAV continues to work closely with Insitu in the development of additional engines identified under the LTA, with the development team to now shift its focus to the third engine model.

15th January 2020 – 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team