12 July 2013
The Northrop Grumman X-47B landed twice aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier Wednesday, but a malfunction with one of its three navigation computers precluded a third landing. The third X-47B subsequently diverted to Wallops Field, Virginia, as programmed, for a safe recovery. The next aircraft carrier test series is scheduled for 15 July. If all goes well, testing of the X-47B will conclude and the aircraft will be retired. The lessons learned from the X-47B demonstrations will be used to address the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program, with the goal of creating an operational production UAV for aircraft carriers. (Image Credit: U.S. Navy. Photo by MC3 Kevin J. Steinberg)
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