Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Drone makes arrested landing

X-47B arrested landing.
Northrop Grumman photo
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Northrop Grumman and the Navy conducted the first arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The May 4 test at the Navy's shore-based catapult and arresting gear complex was a first for an unmanned aircraft. The event also marks the start of the final phase of testing prior to carrier-based trials planned for later this month. Northrop Grumman's UCAS-D industry team includes Pratt and Whitney, Lockheed Martin, GKN Aerospace, Eaton, General Electric, UTC Aerospace Systems, Dell, Honeywell, Moog, Wind River, Parker Aerospace, and Rockwell Collins. (Sources: Avionics Intelligence, 05/07/13, U-T San Diego, 05/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Northwest Florida is major training location for naval aviators.