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ARCA AirStrato

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

ARCA AirStrato

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Romanian ARCA AirStrato line of UAVs is being developed as a commercial product with production set to begin in the United States during 2015.
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ORIGIN: Romania
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): ARCA Space Corporation - Romania / USA
PRODUCTION: 6
OPERATORS: None.
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the ARCA AirStrato model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 22.97 feet (7 meters)
WIDTH: 52.49 feet (16 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 408 pounds (185 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 551 pounds (250 kilograms)
ENGINE: 6 x Robbe 8085/10 electric motors developing 44 lb propulsion power each.
SPEED (MAX): 106 miles-per-hour (170 kilometers-per-hour; 92 knots)
RANGE: 522 miles (840 kilometers; 454 nautical miles)
CEILING: 60,007 feet (18,290 meters; 11.36 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 590 feet-per-minute (180 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None. This UAV is being designed with commercial applications in mind.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• AirStrato - Base Series Name
• Explorer - 16-meter wingspan; 20hr endurance with 45kg payload; 60,000 foot service ceiling.
• Pioneer - 12-meter wingspan; 12hr endurance with 45kg payload; 26,000 foot service ceiling.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the ARCA AirStrato Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The AirStrato is a Romanian response to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry need for a low-cost commercial Medium- and High-Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE / HALE) air vehicle. It is powered through electrical and solar means coupled to an aerodynamically-refined shape. Flight testing has been ongoing since late-2014 through the New Mexico State University's testing facility with production planned in the United States for sometime in 2015.

The AirStrato series will encompass two distinct production models to cover the medium and high altitude categories. The mid-level variant, known as "Pioneer" (available 2016), will feature a ceiling up to 26,000 feet with a 45 kilogram mission payload and 12-meter wingspan. Its endurance is slated for 20 hours of flight time. The high-level model, named "Explorer", will reach a ceiling of 60,000 feet and hold a greater Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) for a broader mission scope. Its wingspan is 16 meters.

The base design approach incorporates a straight wing mainplane set at midships. The nose section is chined and bulbous, containing the avionics fit. Propulsion is by way of six small, electrically-powered, two-bladed propeller units (Robbe 8085/10 electric motors developing 44 lb thrust each) seated along the mainplane trailing edges. A series of solar cells cover the mainplanes feed onboard batteries. The tailplane is made up of a paired, outward canted arrangement with large downward-cranked tips. Communications relies on satellite or GSM.

As a cost-effective alternative to more complex systems currently in market (or in active development), the AirStrato line will support pneumatic catapult-launching (through the proprietary compact "Accelerator" catapult stand) and parachute recovery. The air system will also support a wheeled, three-point undercarriage for more conventional landings.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (106mph).

    Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue