The successful catapult test of Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) could prove important for both unmanned and manned naval aviation, U.S. Navy officers said after the May 14 launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, in a Navy test range area some 100 mi. off the Virginia coast. The launch of X-47B AV-2, at a weight of 41,000 lb. and an end speed of 171 kt., was followed by two approaches to the ship leading to intentional wave-offs, ...


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