Unmanned X-47B Achieves First Carrier Landing
The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first arrested landing on board an aircraft carrier Wednesday when it touched down on the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. The U.S. Navy said the event made history as the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier.
The fighter-sized UCAS flew to the carrier from the Patuxent River, Md., Naval Air Station in 35 minutes and caught the arresting wire with its tail hook. The landing effectively brought the aircraft from about 145 knots to a stop in less than 350 feet, according to the Navy. Shortly after the initial landing, the X-47B was launched off the ship using the carrier’s catapult and performed one more arrested landing.
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