NAS PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The U.S. Navy is preparing to conduct a new round of sea trails this summer with its X-47B stealthy aircraft to prove the unmanned system can clear the busy aircraft carrier deck in 90 sec. or less, just like its piloted counterparts. This would allow for a more seamless flow of manned and unmanned launches and recoveries on deck. This is a key step toward earning unmanned aircraft a coveted parking space on U.S. carriers in 2020, the goal of the X-47B ...


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