For Seas­tar read Orca

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Ger­man man­u­fac­turer Dornier Seaw­ings has an­nounced the lat­est de­vel­op­ment of the long-lived Seas­tar CD2 am­phib­ian, which first flew in 1984. Called Orca (the killer whale), it is de­scribed as ‘the world’s most ad­vanced am­phibi­ous mis­sion plat­form aimed at gov­ern­men­tal op­er­a­tors’ and will be ready for ser­vice in 2022. Last year Chi­nese in­vestors pro­vided $170 mil­lion fund­ing for the all­com­pos­ite air­craft’s de­vel­op­ment, lead­ing to ser­vice en­try in 2022, the man­u­fac­turer says.

The twelve-seat Orca will be pow­ered by two Pratt & Whit­ney PT6A-135A tur­boshafts, will have a pay­load of 2,953 lb, a max­i­mum speed of 180kt and a max­i­mum range of 720nm. It can be equipped with cam­eras and radar sys­tems for SAR and sur­veil­lance, stretch­ers for mede­vac, and self-pro­tec­tion sys­tems for de­fence op­er­a­tion.

‘The Orca is also use­ful for analysing plas­tic garbage in the ocean, where typ­i­cal seaborne as­sets can’t pro­vide re­search on a daily ba­sis,’ says the man­u­fac­turer. ‘The in-water plas­tic anal­y­sis could be­come an im­por­tant first step to be suc­cess­ful in re­duc­ing plas­tic waste that ends up in the ocean by defin­ing the waste ori­gins and the right coun­ter­mea­sures. Its all-com­pos­ite air­frame makes it cor­ro­sion-free even in salty en­vi­ron­ments, and it can han­dle rough sea con­di­tions with its boat-shaped fuse­lage.’

Dornier Seaw­ings says that it is in ne­go­ti­a­tion with ‘sev­eral gov­ern­men­tal marine de­part­ments’ that have shown se­ri­ous in­ter­est in the craft.

Orca's uses range from SAR to plas­tic spot­ting

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