Designed by Manfred Ruhmer, the Orbiter 2 is the glider of choice for recreational and Sport Class pilots alike. The Obiter 2 is manufactured in Italy with the same quality of materials and attention to detail that is seen in Icaro2000's flagship glider, the Laminar. The Obiter 2 is light, stable, and easy to handle glider. And while designed for the recreational pilot who wants easy handling with the best possible performance in an basic intermediate glider, the Orbiter 2 can hold its own in Sport Class competition as well. This glider shares all of the refinements of the Icaro2000 lineup of hang gliders. It takes seeing one to fully understand the workmanship that Icaro2000 puts into all of their hang gliders.
The sail of the Orbiter 2 comprises a PX10 leading and Icaro2000's ripstop dacron mainsail. A PXB or technora sail is available as an option. Both options provide a weight savings and support better performance toward the higher end of the respective hook-in weight range. Icaro2000 recommends the PXB option over the technora for this glider. PXB fibers are more elastic then technora and Icaro2000's hang glider developers consider the PXB a more suitable laminate sail for the Orbiter 2.
Icaro2000 uses 7075 alloy manufactured by extrusion, in all of their gliders. This process provides supports the highest possible performance in terms of weight to strength ratios, and reliability.
Compensated Twist Tips
To assist with handling at higher VG settings, Icaro 2000 designed and implemented a compensated “Twist Tips” system linked to the Variable Geometry (VG) system, which ensures that the outer tips (which provide support for the two outermost battens) can move in mutually opposite directions, even when the sail is in direct contact with them. This generally occurs in VG settings from one half to full.
Other Standard Features
Other standard features include profiled safe edge downtubes, semi-automatic nosecone fairing, and choice of colors.
Optional features include technora sail, PXB sail, carbon fiber basetube, aluminum A-frame (low drag downtubes), and extended wingtips.