“A massive step forward from where we were two years ago” is how one BAE Systems executive describes the events which culminated Oct. 21, 2009, with the first flight of the Mantis medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) demonstrator. The Spiral 1 flight-test program from the outset examined the system capability, rather than just initial aerodynamic and air vehicle performance. Mission demonstrations were undertaken from the Mantis’s second test flight, with the results ...


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