BERLIN—Airbus has completed the first flight of its VSR700 diesel-powered rotary-wing unmanned air system. The prototype VSR700’s first flight took place at Aix-en-Provence airfield in the south of France on Nov. 8. It performed several takeoffs and landings—the longest hop lasting 10 min.—the company announced on Nov. 12. The aircraft was tethered with a 30-m cable in accordance with rules set by French airworthiness authorities. The 700-kg (1,500 lb.) VSR700 was ...


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