Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy are devising a series of control devices, visual aids and protocols to enable the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator to operate seamlessly alongside manned aircraft within the confines of an aircraft carrier flight deck - as well as in its airspace. Some of the innovations were shown during ceremonies marking the rollout of the first X-47B at the company’s Palmdale, Calif., site on Dec. 16. The first air vehicle, AV-1, is scheduled to ...

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