The company is focussed on the heavy fuel small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) market with its patented FlexDi engine management system, which is a large part of its strategy for top line growth.
Textron Unmanned Systems, a division of Textron Inc is already utilising FlexDi on its Aerosonde 4.7 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company is another big company for which Orbital is currently developing a design, development and validation program for a next generation propulsion system utilising FlexDi. The new propulsion system for Insitu-Boeing is claimed to be the most advanced ever released in this segment of the drone market with features poised to drive adoption across a larger range of products.
The overall market for various UAV sizes is estimated at over $3 billion per annum and is projected to double in the next five years.
Source: Orbital Corp