NASA Centurion. Specifications. A photo.
NASA Centurion. Specifications. A photo.

NASA Centurion. Specifications. A photo.


NASA Centurion - American experimental drone, developed in 1997, the company «AeroVironment».

The design of the NASA Centurion unmanned aerial vehicle was started by American aircraft engineers and experts in the field of aerospace technologies at the beginning of the 90-ies of the last century. The new drone was of an exclusively scientific nature and should have been used by the US National Aerospace Agency to study aerodynamics at high altitude, and in addition, the device had to prove the possibility of prolonged flights on solar energy. The relatively narrow scope of this unmanned aerial vehicle did not affect the prospects of the NASA Centurion model, because in the future, a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles were created on its basis.

The first flight tests of an unmanned NASA Centurion air tool models were produced in March 1997 years, however, participated in the testing of large-scale copy of the device. Due to the fact that the tests were successful, after a year of testing and underwent a full-scale version of the UAV, which has proven highly effective and promising device.

With a relatively small length of its fuselage, an unmanned aerial vehicle NASA Centurion has a tremendously large wingspan, in particular, this value is 61,8 meter that greatly reduces aerodynamic svoysvta UAV and minimizes maneuverability.

The power plant of the NASA Centurion drone is represented by 14 electric motors, each of which has a thrust of 2 hp, which allows the device to reach a maximum flight speed of 33 km / h.


Specifications NASA Centurion.


  • Length: 3,6 m .;
  • Wingspan: 61,8 m .;
  • Height: 2,4 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 860 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 27 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 33 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 30 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 15000 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: Electric;
  • Powerplant: unknown;
  • Power: 14 x 2 hp


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