Orion is Aurora’s long-endurance, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capable of providing extreme persistence for military applications, such as ISR and communication relay. Orion was competitively selected by the US Air Force for the Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communication (MAGIC) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD). The MAGIC JCTD was sponsored by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) to meet its demand for persistent ISR. In the JCTD ranking process, five Combatant Commands ranked Orion as their number one priority.
In August 2010, Aurora announced that its Orion UAV would start flight tests before the end of 2010; the Orion would offer “extreme persistence”. Orion was selected by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in 2010 to meet the objectives of the Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications (MAGIC) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD).
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