General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI) SkyGuardian drone set out today on its historic transatlantic flight. At 12:48 pm CDT, the MQ-9B Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) took off from the company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is on its way to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England.
It is set to be the drone that can land anywhere, and turn any US Navy ship into an aircraft carrier.
Northrop Grumman has revealed its flying-wing tailsitter drone will take to the air in 2018 – and does not need a runway.
Instead, it simply lands on its tail – a design first tested in the 1950s.
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