PICTURES: Aeronautics flies Orbiter-3 UAV

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The Orbiter-3 unmanned air vehicle performed its first autonomous flight on 17 November, a few days after Aeronautics Defense Systems launched an initial series of tests with the UAV.

With a wing span of 4.2m (13.8ft), the Orbiter-3 has an endurance of 7h and a range of 54nm (100km).

Aeronautics says the vehicle can carry a payload comprising day and night sensors and an optional laser, with a maximum take-off weight of 25kg (55lb).

The Orbiter-3 is deployed by a launcher and recovered either by a parachute and airbag or a net.

 © Aeronautics Defense Systems
 © Aeronautics Defense Systems