X-47B First to Complete Autonomous Aerial Refueling

04/25/2015: PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. Credit: Navy Media Content Services:4/22/15 According to a NavAir story published on April 22,…

X-47B Flight Operations

08/19/2014: The Navy's unmanned X-47B conducts flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The aircraft completed a series of tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Credit: Navy Media Content Services:8/17/14 And from a piece published by our partner AUVSI: The…

X-47B Initial Flight

08/05/2012: The initial flight of the X-47B at Patuxent River, MD. For analyses of the potential role of UCAVs in the fleet see the Second Line of Defense articles posted earlier. https://www.sldinfo.com/inserting-the-ucas-into-maritime-operations/ https://www.sldinfo.com/the-case-for-new-programs-in-a-period-of-defense-transition-the-naval-ucas-case/   Credit: Navy Media Content Services:7/29/12

X-47B First Flight

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator 02/10/2011 - An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator completes its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program will demonstrate the capability of an autonomous, low-observable unmanned aircraft to perform carrier launches and recoveries. [slidepress…