Thursday, May 19, 2016

U.S. Navy X-47B UCAS-D First Touch & Go Landing Tests On USS George H.W. Bush CVN-77 (Video)

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On Friday May 17, the US Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator took another historic step as it conducted its first touch-and-go landings on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. This maneuver is a critical achievement in the Navy’s program to develop an autonomous, unmanned, jet-powered combat aircraft capable for operating from a carrier.

A touch-and-go landing is where an aircraft touches its wheels to a runway or flight deck, but does not come to a full stop. Instead, it throttles up and takes off again. Several high end take-off and laning tests were took for the full evaluation of X-47B's carrier operations. These experimental tests helps to improve set up UCS-D's future operational guidelines to elevate proper mission planing.

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