Sabrewing Aircraft Company
Camarillo, CA, USA

According to Sabrewing: The DRACO-2 is designed to fly non-stop and un-refueled for 4500 nautical miles (8800 kilometers). It launches from a standard runway, and provides near-real-time video from on-board the air vehicle for the first 150 miles of flight. At cruise altitude, it then switches to high-resolution, low-light, on-board cameras that are updated every 5 seconds and provide a view of the aircraft path and the air vehicle’s location over land or water. Day or night, good weather or bad, the Draco-2 has the capability of flying for days without stopping or refueling.

For added safety, the DRACO-2 has a unique, proprietary sense-and-avoid sensor suite that detects objects that may conflict with the air vehicle’s flight path – and can instantly turn right or left, climb or descend — to autonomously avoid anything in its way…even as small as a bird. The DRACO-2 can even fly safely on two rotors — and every essential system on board is redundant to assure mission completion.

The DRACO-2 is controlled via satellite, and is in constant communication with both the Launch and Recover Element (“LRE” — located at the launch point in Japan) and Mission Control Element (“MCE” – located at the destination landing point of Moffett Field, Mountain View, California, USA). The air vehicle is monitored by two pilots on the ground, in constant contact with Air Traffic Control. The trip is expected to last about 45 hours – and provide spectacular views of the air vehicle and its flight path — both day and night — while in flight.

Although unmanned, DRACO-2 is large enough that it could accommodate passenger transportation over shorter distances.

Sabrewing Draco-2 Characteristics (updated May 2018)

Type Fixed Wing Quad Rotor
Wingspan 38 ft 1 in 9.144 m
Fuselage Length 28 ft 2 in 6.13 m
Height (Gear Retracted) 6 ft 9 in 2.01 m
Empty Weight 1,100 lb 278 kg
Maximum Gross Weight 3,400 lb 1,157 kg
Maximum Speed 180 kts 333 km/h
Range 4,950 nm 8,334 km
Power Hybrid-electric drive
Propulsion 8 electric propulsion motors
Max power, each motor 24 kW
Cruise power, each motor 14 kW
Communications C3: Cobham Aviator 200 UAV Satcom
Satellite Inmarsat
Transponder uAvionix Ping 200SR Mode-S/ADS-B
Sense-and-avoid Attollo Engineering WASP-LRF 200/100
Autopilot EuroAvionics RN-7 (Triple-Redundant w/IMU)



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