Europe’s Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) project passed a feasibility review on June 1, clearing the program for its next stage and toward a first flight in 2011. Fifteen months into the project—which formally started in early 2006 after Sweden resolved political issues—the Neuron team is reporting progress. The team is close to freezing the internal and external configuration of the flying-wing prototype aircraft. However, most activity is focused on risk reduction, which is ...

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