Drone Jet X-47B makes historic carrier launching

The Drone Jet X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia.    Image © NAVAL news.   Watch the video…

Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, Naval Air Forces, the Navy’s “Air Boss,” sad:

“Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex warfighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.”

Matt Funk, lead test engineer for the Navy UCAS program, sad:

“The flight today demonstrated that the X-47B is capable of operation from a carrier, hand-off from one mission control station to another, flight through the national airspace, and recovery at another location without degradation in safety or precision.”

source navair.navy.mil