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November 25, 2014 - AirStrato,The most amazing air robot in the world, now available for preorder

There is a new age for flight. The age of unmanned autonomous flying vehicles. But this new revolution is not for everyone. Few businesses, military and research institutions can afford to purchase a high performance UAV like the Predator for example. Even fewer can get access to a stratospheric flying Global Hawk. The rest have to contend with low performance unmanned aircrafts.

We merged the performance of the former with the affordability of the latter. And here, the revolutionary AirStrato comes into the market. It is an aircraft with the flight ceiling of the Global Hawk, the endurance and the size of the Predator and the payload of the Shadow, at the cost of an expensive car. This will allow small businesses, research institutions and even individuals to benefit from an affordable, high performance aerial robot.

AirStrato is amazing because is electrical powered and is able to fly almost twice as high as a commercial airliner; it can be controlled from any part of the world via satellite or GSM; it can takeoff and land from any remote location; it is very beautiful and affordable. When ARCA decided to create this aircraft we had only one goal in mind: to create a tool that will expand the human capabilities to explore and discover.

The price range for the AirStrato products is between $80,000 and $140,000. Small-scale drones able to carry a small payload currently cover this market segment, possessing limited autonomy, range, speed and flight ceiling.

AirStrato product line is well above these limitations and has performance similar to UAV's on the market in the price ranges between $500,000 and $4 million. Although payload capacity is lower compared to these UAV, the flight performance such as flight ceiling and global operation capability is a great plus.

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November 10, 2014 - AirStrato,The most amazing air robot in the world

ARCA SPACE CORPORATION is bringing about a new era for robotic flight with the introduction of AirStrato, an electrical powered aircraft designed to carry a 100lbs (45kg) payload and to fly at altitudes up to 60.000ft (18.000m).

This product will fill a huge gap between expensive, large military unmanned aerial vehicles and less expensive, small-scale civilian commercial drones by combining the performance of the former with the price of the latter. This will allow small-scale businesses, research institutions and even individuals to benefit from an affordable, high performance aerial robot.

AirStrato is amazing because it has global navigation capabilities and can reach any place on Earth; it can fly at altitudes nearly twice as high as commercial airliners; it is electrical powered and environmentally friendly; it can takeoff and land from any location, no matter how remote; it is easy to fly; it is very beautiful and most of all is affordable. When ARCA decided to create this aircraft we had only one goal in mind: to create a tool that will expand the human capabilities to explore and discover.

The complete details and prices will be revealed on November 25th, 2014.

 

 

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October 17, 2014 - ARCA SPACE CORPORATION was established in US

ARCA has relocated its center of operations in Las Cruces, New Mexico. ARCA has become a US company, under the name ARCA SPACE CORPORATION, but its operations in EU will continue for activities mostly related to software and rocket engines development. In November, ARCA will start the commercial operations involving the manufacturing and selling of Air Strato air robot series.
Air Strato unmanned aircraft family is intended to meet the highest expectations from clients worldwide. The top product is a stratospheric aircraft designed to fly for long period of time at altitudes up to 60,000 ft (18,000 m). The vehicle has global navigation capabilities and is electrical powered, using solar panels for daylight flight and internal batteries for night operation. More on airstrato.com

 

 

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February 28, 2014 - AirStrato-0001 prototype first take-off and landing

Air Strato, the electrical powered unmanned aerial vehicle performed the first take-off from rough ground. The aircraft performed a short flight at 25 m altitude and then landed.

Air Strato was powered by four electrical engines. Two supplementary engines were added in order to shorten the take-off distance. Other additions ware suspensions installed on main and forward landing gear. The right landing gear suspension was damaged at touch down.

"The aircraft had only 10 percent of the batteries intended for the commercial version so we had to add ballast to simulate take-off weight. We also added two more electrical motors to increase thrust, needed on the rough ground to decrease take-off distance that, combined with the landing gear suspension, provided for a smooth taxi and take-off on rough terrain. It took less than 30 m to lift into the air at maximum thrust. Also we were impressed by the aircraft's rate of climb." - Teodor Diaconu, ARCA flight dynamics engineer.

Air Strato is a high altitude electrical powered unmanned aerial vehicle. It can reach altitudes of above 18 km and has an autonomy of 7 hours on internal batteries and up to 3 days using solar panels. It can carry a variable payload up to 30 kg consisting of surveillance equipment or other scientific instruments.

 

 

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