by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
The new MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc has set a flight endurance record -- more than 48 hours.
GA-ASI said the flight by the certifiable STANAG 4671 version of the Predator B was the longest ever by a Predator B aircraft.
"This long-endurance flight is not only a significant achievement for our MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft but also a very timely landmark event for our company as we celebrate 25 years of aviation innovation this year," said Linden Blue, chief executive officer of GA-ASI, in a press release. "GA-ASI continues to push the envelope with versatile, reliable, cost-effective, and combat-proven RPA systems and sensors, and this latest feat is a testament to our industry legacy."
The SkyGuadian -- configured in an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mode -- made history during a flight at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., while carrying 6,065 pounds of internal fuel.
GA-ASI said the RPA flew between 25,000 and 35,000 feet for the duration of the mission and landed 48.2 hours later on May 18th with 280 pounds of reserve fuel. The company's previous endurance record was held by Predator XP, which flew 46.1 hours in February 2015.
Development of MQ-9B began as a company funded effort in 2012. GA-ASI is currently building three company-owned aircraft and plans to deliver the first production aircraft next year.
The "Certifiable" Predator B has been designed to operate in non-military airspace.
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Northrop Grumman has received a $49.4 million contract for parts, material and labor required for the maintenance of the MQ-4C unmanned aircraft system in accordance with planned production, the Department of Defense reported Monday. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md., Bridgeport, W. VA., Salt Lake City, Utah, and other locations in the United States. Fiscal 2017 Navy procurement ... read more
UAV News - Suppliers and Technology
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|