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Ikhana

The Ikhana is a remotely piloted General Atomics Predator B that was acquired by NASA to serve as an aeronautical research aircraft and to serve the Earth Sciences community. The Ikhana measures 36 feet in length, and has a wingspan of 66 feet. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 10,500 pounds. The payload capability of Ikhana is 2000 plus pounds (external) and more than 800 pounds (internal). Where possible, sensor payloads are integrated into wing-mounted pods to minimize aircraft downtime and allow rapid reconfiguration. Ikhana can operate at altitudes from 500 feet to above 40,000 feet with endurances above 24 hours.

Owner/Operator: 
NASA Armstrong (Dryden) Flight Research Center
Type: 
UAS
Duration: 
24 hours (payload and weather dependent)
Useful Payload: 
2,000 lbs
Gross Take-off Weight: 
10,000 lbs
Onboard Operators: 
0 (remotely piloted)
Max Altitude: 
> 40,000 ft.
Air Speed: 
171 knots
Range: 
3,500 Nmi
Power: 
~6 KW at 28 VDC (altitude dependent)
Point(s) of Contact: 

Mauricio Rivas

Work: (661) 276-3678