ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT — The U.S. Navy executed its first-ever takeoff and landing of unmanned and manned aircraft in rapid succession on an aircraft carrier deck Aug. 17, putting the service one step closer to its goal of a mixed fleet of manned and unmanned aircraft in the coming years. This also marks yet another seminal event in the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) program, funded with roughly $1.5 billion by the Navy and managed by prime contractor Northrop ...

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