Unmanned aircraft have opened up the design space for airborne systems, enabling missions that could not be performed safely or economically by manned aircraft. Ship-Based MALE A medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft that can operate from small-deck ships is the challenge tackled by Northrop Grumman under DARPA’s Tern program. The tailsitting flying wing takes off vertically and transitions to wingborne flight using a coaxial rotor for vertical and ...

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