29 Nov '12, 10pm

X-47B makes history with ground based catapult launch. Next step, launch it at sea. #UAS #flyNavy

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator successfully completed its inaugural land-based catapult launch here Nov. 29, marking the start of a new era for naval aviation. See video of the launch here: http://youtu.be/HTiRY2ieDN0 "Carrier-based unmanned aircraft will change the concept of operations for the carrier-controlled airspace," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. "The N-UCAS program's goal is to demonstrate integration of an unmanned aircraft into a carrier environment and reduce technical risk associated with developing potential future unmanned, carrier-compatible systems." The Navy's first-ever steam catapult launch of the pilotless X-47B ensures the vehicle can structurally handle the rigors of the unique and stringent aircraft-c...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=70864

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