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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2000
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Predator B
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Atomics
Parent System: Predator
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Maiden Flight: July 1994
Total Production: 680
Family Members: Avenger ER, Mariner, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-1B Predator Block X, MQ-9A Reaper, Predator C Avenger, Protector, Reaper ER, RQ-1B Predator and Sea Avenger
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Description: The Altair, a variant of the proven Predator B UAV, was designed to perform scientific and commercial research as well as military intelligence missions. The Altair UAV can fly at altitudes of up to 52,000-ft remaining airborne well over 30 hours. The General Atomics Altair was selected and developed jointly with NASA. In August-September 2004, Canada deployed Altair unmanned aircraft integrated with a multi-mode maritime radar and electro-optical sensors in support of Atlantic Littoral Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Experiment (ALIX). Canada operated Altair beyond the line of sight relaying imagery through communications satellite network. In September 2005 the United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) issued for the first time ever an experimental airworthiness certificate to an unmanned aerial vehicle. The certificate was set for the Altair long endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS). In September 2006 Altair passed the recertification process for experimental airworthiness issued by the FAA.

Altair Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Wingspan: 26.2 meter (86 foot)
Ceiling: 15,850 meter (52,001 foot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 114 mps (222 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 30 hour (1.25 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 3,175 kilogram (7,000 pound)
Payload: 1,661 kilogram (3,662 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Altair News

There are 2 news between
6 May 2004 and 6 Apr 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010Predator Series UAS Family Achieves One Million Flight Hours
Thursday, May 6, 2004General Atomics and LM Demonstrate BAMS Surveillance Capability

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