As part of the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, the Navy and industry partner Northrop Grumman completed another phase of its Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) test, Sept. 6, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. to demonstrate the capability to refuel unmanned aircraft in flight.
Looks like there may be a safety pilot in the left seat, he would be monitoring, they often do that with the RPVs?? bratThis really good news...and will be nother huge development for unmanned aircraft.
However, they used an unmanned Lear-jet, not the X-47B for these tests.
The computer system that controls the aircraft and the refueling consists of many modules. The relevant modules are also written for the Learjet. After testing the refueling system in the Learjet with a pilot supervising you plug it in the X-47B. You are then only testing the connections of the refueling module with the remainder of the control system rather than the whole of the refueling module.Looks like there may be a safety pilot in the left seat, he would be monitoring, they often do that with the RPVs?? brat
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 10, 2013) The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) operates from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft's ability to integrate with the carrier environment. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Weir, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Heath Zeigler, Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
So, more traps and cats of the X-47B, but now aboard the Roosevelt. Nice to see them continue testing.The X-47B is aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)..She ain't dead yet!.. The program continues..