Rutan RAPTOR multipurpose UAV
Rutan RAPTOR multipurpose UAV

Rutan RAPTOR multipurpose UAV

The project RAPTOR company Scaled Composites intended to create a UAV, which is at an altitude of 20 km had to patrol the area over 48 hours. The device should detect and shoot down ballistic missiles in the boost phase of their trajectory with two rockets Talon. The company has built 2 demonstrator who called Raptor. One of them made the first flight in April 27 93-first, but after was lost. Next UAV flew in 1994 year. This unit features a wide fuselage.

A year later, the RAPTOR program was transferred to NASA and was considered as a flying laboratory for testing various equipment and environmental studies. The wing of the second Raptor had a span of 20,12 m. Its propulsion system included an engine that brought a screw with a diameter of 5,27 m into rotation. 

Rutan RAPTOR.Harakteristiki:

Modification   Raptor
Wingspan, m   20.04
Length m   7.62
Height, m  
Wing area, m2   17.46
Weight, kg  
  empty   367
  takeoff   853
engine's type   1 PD Rotax 914
Power, hp   X 1 100
Maximum speed km / h   148
Practical range, km   278
Flight duration, h   4 – 8
Practical ceiling, m   20000


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