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המוצר: מטוס זעיר ללא טייס
תחילת הפיתוח: 2004
Product: Transportable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Company: Aeronautics Ltd.
Start of Development: 2004
Israel’s delicate geographical location requires it to continuously find smart solutions in order to maintain its intelligence capabilities advantage over its neighbors. In 2004, due to the necessity for around-the-clock intelligence solutions, Aeronautics developed the Orbiter 1 – a small, man-pack transportable UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).
Aeronautics was founded in 1997 as a start-up company for computerized aircraft named NETS Integrated Avionics Systems.
The client had requested the development of UAV that could stay aloft for roughly 45 minutes and fly at ranges consisting of just a few kilometers. The think tank came up with a more comprehensive plan, and from the outset, designed a product that could stay aloft for several hours and reach longer distances than originally requested (dozens of kilometers).
The development process took about a year. The UAV was designed to resemble a flying wing that could withstand strong winds and achieve high aerodynamic efficiency. It included one of the world’s most advanced navigation systems, offering immunity from GPS jamming and miniature cameras.
Other models were developed on the heels of the success of Orbiter 1. 2016 saw the release of the Orbiter 4, which increases the maximum time aloft to 22 hours. It can conduct several missions simultaneously thanks to its ability to carry and operate two different types of payloads. The Orbiter gives a real-time picture of distant regions using tools that are technologically sophisticated, yet simple and user friendly. It consolidates advanced technologies with remarkable flight performance, positioning the company at the forefront of miniature UAVs
worldwide. The family of Orbiters (2, 3 and 4) is considered the
global leader in small UAVs.
Like a hawk gliding silently, observing faraway sights, the Orbiter photographs the area and enables the adaptation of a variety of added applications that help achieve precision in performing land and sea missions, including the capability to landing on a missile boat. As a secondary contribution, the Orbiter is also used for agricultural assignments, and to help the relevant entities contend with fires, traffic jams, and natural disasters.
Aeronautics is a leading supplier in the field of UAVs, and is considered a hub of excellence for small and miniature UAVs. The reliability and efficacy of the Orbiter have attracted clients from across the globe, primarily police, intelligence, and military units.