French drone manufacturer Elistair has unveiled its new Orion 2 tethered unmanned system for government and industry users.
The Orion 2 hexacopter delivers round-the-clock surveillance for up to 24 hours at a time, the manufacturer says.
“Small, unmanned multi-rotor systems are great if you want a hover-and-stare capability, but they’re also notoriously short on battery life,” said Timothée Penet, CTO and co-founder of Elistair.
“Powered tethering stations, like our Safe 2 and Ligh-T 4, offer a solution by increasing a platform’s time in the air—and that’s great for many missions. But what if you need to be on station for a whole day?”
The Orion 2 is designed as a quick-deploy system (automated push-button take-off and landing) that can stay in the air for 24 hours.
“We developed redundancies at every level to ensure that the Orion 2 could stay up that long,” said Pierre Moana Levesque, R&D director at Elistair.
“For example, we made it IP54; we optimized the lifespan of the components, including the motors; and we added a safety battery that could recharge in the air.”
The new Orion 2 is an improvement over the original Orion drone, which is used by French police, British military and Singaporean government.
With its micro-tether of 330 feet (100 meters), the Orion 2 flies higher than its predecessor. It can also carry up to 2kg (4.5 pounds) of payload, so it can serve simultaneously as an ISR and telecom platform.
“The Orion 2 tethered drone is a clear advance over the very capable Orion in terms of persistence, logistical footprint, and data control. We are thrilled by this product launch,” said Guilhem de Marliave, CEO and co-founder of Elistair.