23.4.2020

Orbital UAV signs new contract with Northrop Grumman to develop hybrid UAV propulsion system

Orbital UAV signs new contract with Northrop Grumman to develop hybrid UAV propulsion system – link

Source: SUAS News

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  • Orbital Corporation announced it has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman Corporation for the development of a hybrid propulsion system for a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV
  • Orbital UAV has been tasked to design and develop a hybrid propulsion system which combines an electric motor with the company’s flight-proven heavy fuel engine, to provide leading reliability and performance for VTOL UAV applications
  • Under the contract, Orbital UAV will develop, supply and support two initial hybrid propulsion systems for integration into Northrop Grumman’s small UAV development platform
  • “Northrop Grumman is developing the next generation of VTOL UAVs,” said Rob Sova, director, Autonomous Systems operating unit, Northrop Grumman. “Orbital UAV will help augment our research and development initiatives in anticipation and support of our customers’ needs.”
  • Delivery of the two prototype propulsion systems for flight testing is anticipated to occur during 2021

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