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X-47B’s ‘gear up’ shot

In a first for the Naval demonstrator programme, the X-47B UCAV flew with its gear up in cruise configuration on 30 September in a flight from Edwards AFB. Next step for Northrop Grumman is to transfer the aircraft to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland prior to shore-based carrier suitability tests in 2012. At […]

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Image of the week: Scan Eagle launch sequence

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user UASman (Benjamin M. Trapnell, Associate Professor, Director UAS Technology Integration and Education at the JDO School of Aerospace Sciences).His photo is a composite of a Insitu Scan Eagle’s launch sequence. The launch was in support of flood […]

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BAE’s Demon UAV flies

Manoeuvring without the aid of control surfaces has been demonstrated by an unmanned air vehicle designed by a British team of industry and academic specialists.The Demon UAV (pictured below), an adapted BAE Systems Eclipse, first flew on 17 September with its flight control surfaces deactivated during a portion of the flight to test a new […]

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Norhtrop Grumman’s UAV Concepts

At last week’s AUVSI show, Northtrop Grumman unveiled two UAV concepts (above). The designs show that the manufacturer is planning an aggressive new push to expand deeper into the market for unmanned air vehicles. Read more… (Graphic: Flightglobal; Source: Northrop Grumman)

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Phantom Eye in Assembly

Pictured above is the Phantom Eye in assembly. The Phantom Eye demonstrator, smaller by 40% compared with the planned full-scale version, should fly 96h, or four days. At full scale, the Phantom Eye is designed to remain airborne for seven to 10 days. Read more… (Photo: Boeing)

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Zala 421-20 UAV Performs First Flight

(Photo: Zala Aero) Fuel tanks have been installed in the Zala 421-20 UAV’s 6m-span wing.Russia’s Zala Aero first flew on 5 August its 421-20, a new medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle. Representing an upgrade to the manufacturer’s earlier 421-09 design and developed over the last two years, the surveillance and reconnaissance asset has an improved endurance […]

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Boeing’s Phantom Eye

(Photo: Boeing) Boeing‘s Phantom Works offered a first glimpse of Phantom Eye, the hydrogen-powered unmanned demonstrator built to stay aloft at 65,000ft (19,800m) for up to four days at a time, on 12 July in St. Louis, Missouri. In September, Phantom Eye will move to NASA‘s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California, to […]

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Six UK Elbit Systems Hermes 450s

(Photo: Elbit Systems) Six Elbit Systems Hermes 450s UAVs operated by the British Army under an urgent operational requirement deal with Thales UK are seen above. Meanwhile on the other side of the world Australia has recently signed a contract extending its use of Herons until at least December 2011.Here is the Heron’s manufacturing and […]

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Boeing/Insitu Integrator Soars

On the UAV Integrator (above), its twin-booms are designed to carry miniature munitions.Here are its manufacturing details: Wingspan 4.8m Length 2.1m Mass 59kg Endurance 24h Cruise speed 60kt Altitude 20,000ft Payload 23kg You can read more the Integrator and STUAS/Tier II contract here.

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Bat/KillerBee UAV Launch

(Photo: Northrop Grumman) The Bat/Killer Bee UAV, seen above having just launched, was acquired by Northrop Grumman from Swift Engineering, and licensed Raytheon to propose the KB-4 independently for STUAS.Here are its manufacturing details: Wingspan 3.1m Length 1.92m Mass 74.4kg Endurance 15h Cruise speed 55kt Altitude 10,000ft Payload 22.3kg You can read more the Bat/KillerBee […]

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