General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has begun company-funded development of a variant of its Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft that will meet the airworthiness requirements for civil airspace access in the U.S. and NATO countries. Based on the current Block 5 Predator B configuration and Advanced Cockpit ground control station, the new variant will include an onboard flight data recorder, improved weather capabilities including lightning protection and anti-icing, and ...

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