Mysterious New Jet Takes to the Air

October 12, 2017 by · Comment
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Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its newly developed, experimental aircraft Model 401. The company produced two such aircraft for an undisclosed customer, to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and research flight services for the United States government. This successful first flight is the beginning of the flight test phase for vehicle number 1. The Scaled team plans to continue envelope expansion on the first aircraft as they move toward first flight of the second Model 401 vehicle.

Bigger Wings, Additional Fuel Carry the Avenger Longer and Farther

November 11, 2016 by · Comment
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High Flying Drones Recruited for Missile Defense

reaper_bmds_1021Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.

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Improved Avenger Adapted to Carry Strategic Recce Sensors

June 20, 2016 by · Comment
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Sensors Unlimited's SYRES family MS-177 EO/IR multi-spectral reconnaissance payload was installed on General Atomics (GA-ASI) 'Predatoc C' Avenger drone for flight tests in January - February 2016. Photo: GA-ASIGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) will begin flight testing of an Improved Avenger in October 2016. This enhanced version of the semi-stealthy drone will enhance the Avenger's capabilities on long endurance, intelligence gathering missions carrying the new MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor.

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RPA Pilots Command Avenger from a New Ground Control Station

April 24, 2013 by · Comment
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Advanced Cockpit for RPAGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated the command of the Predator C Avenger stealth drone from a new, Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station’s (GCS’).

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