Antares – the planning of a Family

When introduced on the market, our Antares 20E faced a challenging marketplace. Since that time we have developed it further. We like to call it an evolution, because our good idea has grown and become multifunctional.
Antares 20E
Antares 20E
All around the World, our Antares 20E has found numerous friends. Our sailplane stands for what is currently feasible in its class.
While laying-out the aerodynamics we already considered an 18 meter wingspan version. The biggest challenge was to tweak the outline for a smaller wingspan, a layout which had originally been optimized for 20 meters. The Antares 18T can carry up to 214 liters of water ballast and may therefore fly with a corresponding high wing loading – without trading-off its handling qualities or climbing performance. A well-proven Solo 2350 engine with 30 hp serves as sustainer.
Antares 23E and 23T are our youngest family members. Together they are defining the new open class generation. A handy 23 meter wingspan stands for good agility on the ground as well as up in the air. A slim wing with a high aspect ratio and a generous water ballast system (250/365 l), which offers a great variety of wing loadings (34/40 up to 58 kg/m²), make the Antares a true insiders’ tip for contest flying. Equipped either with the approved Antares-Series self-launching electric engine or with a reliable Solo 2350C sustainer.

Optimized vertical tail for 23m wingspan

An enlarged vertical tail, combined with our acknowledged unique Antares control mechanism, make flying the 23 m Antares an exceptional experience. To date its maneuverability is unreached in the open class.
Compared to the Antares 20E we have elevated the vertical tail of our 23-meter Antares by 250 mm and added some depth to the rudder. The rudder-effectiveness was thus increased by circa 40 %. So the 23m-version has perfectly balanced controls, too.