Northrup Grumman X-47B First Flight (HQ)

9th February 2011
Posted By : ES Admin
Northrup Grumman X-47B First Flight (HQ)
Wind River Provides VxWorks Operating System for Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration First Flight
Friday, February 4, 2011, the tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned system, the X-47B, under development by Northrop Grumman, completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. The flying wing took off at 2:09 p.m. PST and flew for 29 minutes. The UAV climbed to an altitude of 5,000 feet, flew several racetrack-type patterns, and landed safely at 2:38 p.m. Northrop says the flight provided test data to verify and validate system software for guidance and navigation, and the aerodynamic control of the tailless design. The aircraft will remain at Edwards AFB for flight envelope expansion before moving its test program to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later in 2011. There, the system will undergo tests to validate its readiness to begin testing in the maritime and carrier environment. The X-47 is being prepared for carrier trials in 2013.

You must be logged in to comment

Write a comment

No comments




Sign up to view our publications

Sign up

Sign up to view our downloads

Sign up

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2017
24th May 2017
United Kingdom London
SENSOR+TEST 2017
30th May 2017
Germany Nuremberg
Future Surface Fleet 2017
6th June 2017
United Kingdom Portsmouth
Electronic Warfare Europe 2017
6th June 2017
United Kingdom Olympia, London
Automechanika Birmingham 2017
6th June 2017
United Kingdom NEC, Birmingham