Boeing has announced that its Phantom Eye unmanned aerial vehicle has conducted its first medium-speed taxi test.
March 14: Boeing has announced that its Phantom Eye high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle has conducted its first medium-speed taxi test.
The hydrogen-powered aircraft is designed for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and communications. The test was conducted on March 10 at Edwards Air Force Base, California in coordination with the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft, travelling atop its launching cart system, reached speeds of up to 30 knots as ground teams relayed directions and information using Boeing’s advanced Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (COMC2) software.
“The aircraft performed well and the data collected will help populate our models,” said Drew Mallow, Boeing Phantom Eye programme manager. “This test brings us one step closer to our first flight.” With its 150ft wingspan, Phantom Eye is designed to fly at an altitude of up to 65,000ft and stay airborne for up to four days while carrying a 450lb payload.