Raven X from EUM is “the world’s largest unmanned aerial system (USS) by weight”. Its purpose is to send small satellites into space, which can be done with very few resources. It does not require as much preparation as launch rockets.
At 24 meters long and 5.5 meters high, the take-off weight of the 18.3 meter winged Raven Ex is 24,950 kilograms. Its design is not much different from standard autonomous flying vehicles. It has a high wing tail provided by two turbofan engines. Its maximum speed is 925 km per hour and it can reach an altitude of 18,288 meters.
The whole system is in three stages. The first is the level of autonomy described above. The second and third phases are rockets placed in a partially shifted position under the fuselage, the task of which is to reach the planet’s orbit. All three Raven X stages run on standard jet-A fuel used by passenger airliners.
“We will now begin the vehicle level inspection required for Airworthiness certification and licensing,” said Jay Skylus, CEO of Evom.
Even before the introduction of the prototype of the Raven Ex, the first contracts for a total of $ 1 billion had already been received from the US government. The first mission is especially important. Aslon-45 is a recently signed agreement with the United States Space Agency.
A key feature of the Ravn X is its short flight preparation time. It’s only 3 hours. After completing the mission, the aircraft can return to the ground and prepare for the next mission. The other is security. Unlike the design of the Virgin Galactic, it operates on air without a pilot.
This increases safety but allows for more risk. Phase II rocket engines start only half a second after separation, which reduces energy loss. However, there may be an explosion that fails to start the drive. In the case of an unmanned aircraft, it is impossible because it threatens human life.