Orbital Corporation has flight tested its propulsion systems in conjunction with customer Insitu Pacific, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing.
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 US.
“Our flight program with Insitu Pacific expands our capability to fast track flight hour development and validation – gathering valuable data in real world conditions,” Todd Alder, Managing Director and CEO of Orbital UAV, said. “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."
Orbital UAV’s latest generation of engines are derivatives of the company's Modular Propulsion Solution and are being flown on Insitu’s ScanEagle platform.
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."