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Spaitech COLUMBA


Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) / Drone [ 2020 ]



The Spaitech COLUMBA utilizes a sleek blended wing-body design and is just one of several drones marketed by the Spain-based company.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/08/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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The COLUMBA is a flying-wing drone designed, developed, and produced by Spaitech of Spain. It is a camera-equipped solution built around versatility and reliability, proving suitable for the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role and can easily be adopted to cover civilian, humanitarian, and industry requirements as needed. The drone is launched from a catapult assembly and recovered by a parachute-retarded descent back on the ground. Control is by ground-based operator.

The COLUMBA uses a blended "wing-body" design common to "tailless" flying wing aircraft to achieve maximum lift with added drag, enhancing loitering times and increasing internal storage volume for pertinent systems and an optics-based payload. The mainplanes are elegantly-shaped and completed with down-turned tips for additional control and stability in flight. The nose section contains the twin-bladed propeller unit arranged in "puller" fashion while the gyro-stabilized optics "blister" is embedded near center-mass of the aircraft along its ventral line.

The all-electric drive makes this Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solution eco-friendly while also reducing acoustic levels when compared to combustion-driven types of same class.

The UAS can stay aloft for 120 minutes and fly out to a distance of 120 kilometers while transmitting online at 40 kilometers out. It reaches altitudes of up to 3,000 meters while cruising at speeds of 100 kmh. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) if 7 kilograms. Its wingspan measures 2 meters across.

The COLUMBA is one of several UASs currently (2022) marketed by Spaitech and includes the flagship SPARROW as well as the WINDHOVER, SPARROW LE, ANSER, and ARDEA.
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Specifications



Service Year
2020

Origin
Spain national flag graphic
Spain

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
250
UNITS


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


ALL-ELECTRIC
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
HIGH-SPEED PERFORMANCE
Can accelerate to higher speeds than average aircraft of its time.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
UNMANNED OPERATION
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.


Width/Span
6.6 ft
(2.00 m)
Empty Wgt
15 lb
(7 kg)
MTOW
15 lb
(7 kg)
Wgt Diff
+0 lb
(+0 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Spaitech COLUMBA production variant)
monoplane / low-mounted / delta, tailless
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Low-Mounted
Mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage.
Delta, Tailless
The delta planform lacks a conventional tailplane arrangement with all wing surface area taken up by the delta planform.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base Spaitech COLUMBA production variant)
Installed: 1 x Electric motor driving two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
75 mph
(120 kph | 65 kts)
Cruise Speed
68 mph
(110 kph | 59 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+6 mph
(+10 kph | 5 kts)
Ceiling
9,843 ft
(3,000 m | 2 mi)
Range
75 mi
(120 km | 222 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Spaitech COLUMBA production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Payload reserved for real-time camera optics as well as thermal imagers and the like.


COLUMBA - Base Product Name.


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