Navy Drone that Flies Itself Makes Historic Landing on Aircraft Carrier

By | July 11, 2013

The Navy’s bat-winged X-47B drone made history Wednesday when it became the first autonomous piloted aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier. The aircraft is not flown remotely by a pilot, but flies missions based on GPS coordinates input into its guidance system.

On Wednesday the X-47B executed what is formally known as an “arrested landing” on the deck of the carrier George H.W. Bush, which was at sea off the coast of Virginia.

Like other aircraft that land on aircraft carriers, the X-47B was equipped with a hook that it used to catch a wire on the carrier’s deck that enabled it to come to full stop.

After the initial landing, the aircraft was launched off the carrier using the ship’s catapult. The X-47B then executed another arrested landing…

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The machine, named “Salty Dog 502,” took off from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River on a flight headed to the USS George H. W. Bush, in the Atlantic off the coast of Virginia.
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/x-47b-navy-drone-completes-first-ever-unmanned-carrier-landing-6C10591335

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Landing on a flight deck just might be the most difficult thing a naval pilot can do. But if the United States Navy has its way, it might be an operation/ no pilot ever has to complete again.

After five-years in the making, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first land-based catapult launch, “marking the start for a new era of naval aviation,” the navy announced on Thursday. …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7svCxwqhdGc

Very cool looking design. How does the AI work?

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