Dornier Seawings Orca: amphibious aircraft with all-composite fuselage
Dornier Seawings is launching Orca, an amphibious mission platform with a fully composite fuselage. Designed for government use, Orca is designed to enhance typical maritime safety missions while combining maritime and airborne operations to make it superior to rotor wings.
Orca is based on Seastar, the design concept of the Dornier Seawings spacecraft for commercial purposes. Like Seastar, the Orca body is made of non-corrosive carbon fiber and fiberglass composites and is produced in-house. Orca has the same features and benefits as Seastar, but with optional internal and external mission equipment stations.
Orca will be used for advanced missions such as maritime rescue, anti-piracy, fisheries control, disaster management and border control, and can be equipped with typical search and surveillance equipment such as medical evacuation stretchers and self-defense protection programs. Can also be customized. The all-composite fuselage makes Orca non-corrosive, even in salty environments. Its boat-shaped fuselage can cope with the harsh sea conditions. It combines a 5-bladed propeller and a powerful turbine drive, making Orca the most efficient and fastest amphibious product of its kind.
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Dornier Seawings is negotiating with several government maritime departments interested in using Orca to ensure maritime safety. The company plans to launch its first Orcas in 2022.