US Navy Carries Out First Ever Autonomous Aerial Refeuling

first_img View post tag: Autonomous View post tag: Aerial View post tag: US Navy April 23, 2015 The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refeuling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the US Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel using the Navy’s probe-and-drogue method.Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager, said:What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy. The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection.During the test, the X-47B exchanged refueling messages with a government-designed Refueling Interface System (RIS) aboard the tanker. The aircraft autonomously maneuvered its fixed refueling probe into the tanker’s drogue, also known as the basket, the same way a Navy pilot would refuel a manned aircraft.This testing helps solidify the concept that future unmanned aircraft can perform standard missions like aerial refueling and operate seamlessly with manned aircraft as part of the Carrier Air Wing.[mappress mapid=”15748″]Image: US Navy View post tag: AAR View post tag: americas View post tag: Navycenter_img US Navy Carries Out First Ever Autonomous Aerial Refeuling View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Carries Out First Ever Autonomous Aerial Refeuling View post tag: Refeuling Share this article Authoritieslast_img

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