The Orion will be able to cruise at an altitude of 65,000 ft for about 100 hours, powered by reciprocating engines consuming liquid hydrogen fuel. With a gross takeoff weight of 7,000 lbs (3.175 tons)will be able to carry payloads weighing about 400 lbs (181kg).
The U.S. Army/SMDC is supporting a team lead by Aurora andas a strategic partner, developing two Orion platforms, to demonstrate the new technology. First flight is expected by 2009. Aurora and have also teamed since 2004 on a -led concept definition study of a twin-engine, larger unmanned platform designed for missions over a week long, carrying multi-sensor payloads weighing up to 2,000 lbs. The HALL demonstrator will have a wing span of 132 ft (40.2 meter) and length of 57 ft (17.4 m’).