General Atomics ALTUS. Specifications. A photo.
General Atomics ALTUS. Specifications. A photo.

General Atomics ALTUS. Specifications. A photo.


General Atomics ALTUS - US unmanned aerial vehicle developed in 1997, the company «General Atomics Aeronautical Systems».

UAV model General Atomics ALTUS became designed by American experts in the field of aerospace technology, in the early 90-ies of the last century. In spite of the design features of drone project was exclusively civil use, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, intended for research purposes, and to date the only operator model General Atomics ALTUS is a US National Space Agency (NASA).

The exact goals and objectives of the application of General Atomics ALTUS unmanned air vehicle are unknown, however, with the help of this tool being monitored systems unable to perform control unmanned vehicle, explore the area and made sightseeing flights.

The first flight tests of an unmanned aircraft model General Atomics ALTUS were held in 1997 year. During the tests the device showed their best side, as a consequence, a means has been carefully optimized for repeated use, however, due to the somewhat limited scope of application, production of these drones has not been established.

Powerplant UAV General Atomics ALTUS is represented by one four-cylinder piston 912 the Rotax brand, which is having a thrust in 100 hp able to disperse the drone to the maximum speed of movement in 185 km \ h., While the maximum flight range of the device is limited 740 distance in kilometers.


Specifications General Atomics ALTUS.


  • Length: 7,2 m .;
  • Diameter: 16,5 m .;
  • Height: 1,5 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 350 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 150 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 185 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 740 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 20000 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Rotax 912;
  • Power: 100 hp



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