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ARCA AirStrato

Romania (2019)
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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.


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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Any available statistics for the ARCA AirStrato Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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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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Origin: Romania
Year: 2019
Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): ARCA Space Corporation - Romania / USA
Production: 6
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
None.
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the ARCA AirStrato model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
22.97 ft


Meters
7 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
52.49 ft


Meters
16 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
408 lb


Kilograms
185 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
551 lb


Kilograms
250 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
6 x Robbe 8085/10 electric motors developing 44 lb propulsion power each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
106 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
170 kph


Knots
92 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
522 mi


Kilometers
840 km


Nautical Miles
454 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
60,007 ft


Meters
18,290 m


Miles
11.36 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
590 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
180 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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.