The General Atomics MQ-9B Guardian remotely piloted aircraft has completed a series of demonstration flights in Japan to demonstrate a range of civil and scientific applications.
The work took place from 10-23 May from Iki Island in the country’s Nagasaki prefecture, says General Atomics in a statement.
“This was the first demonstration of a long-endurance RPA by a private company in Japan,” says General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.
“The aircraft’s sensors included a long-range maritime surface-search radar, stabilized optical and infrared video cameras, and an active collision-avoidance system, including a short range air-to-air radar.”
During the work the aircraft monitored a volcano, fisheries, and demonstrated detect and avoid.
Sensor data was provided to scientific research institutions, and flight data to airspace management organisations.