- Global Positioning System
- Naval Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
Northrop-Grumman Corporation has announced the successful first flight of its
X-47A Pegasus experimental Unmanned Air Vehicle. This autonomously
controlled first flight took place at China Lake, California.
Northrop-Grumman designed and built the Pegasus X-47A with its own funds to
demonstrate low-cost, robust and tailless aerodynamic qualities
for autonomous launch and recovery flight operations from an aircraft carrier.
Lessons learned from Pegasus will be applied in support of the UCAV-N program.
Specific first flight objectives included low-speed handling qualities, air
vehicle performance, navigation performance and collection of landing dispersion
The X-47A landed near a predetermined touchdown point simulating the tailhook
arrestment point on a carrier flight deck. This landing data and future testing
will settle the X-47A's landing accuracy potential.
The GPS will play a major role in the X-47A's landing system when high precision
position data required.
The X-47A Pegasus has been built largely with composite materials and it is
powered by a Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5C engine providing 3,200 pounds of thrust.
Pegasus measures 27.9 feet long with a nearly equal wingspan of 27.8 feet.
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