Was That A UFO Over Edwards AFB?? ('Sure Looked Like One)
It was a heckuva week for Northrop Grumman Corporation and the
Navy as they conducted a successful first flight of the X-47B
Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D)
aircraft. The first flight was conducted under hazy skies at
Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), CA, on Feburary 4th, began at
1409 PST and lasted 29 minutes.
Neil Armstrong (1969), Dick Rutan (1986) and Richard Truly
(1988) will participate in the Selection Committee for the 100th
presentation of the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National
Aeronautic Association announced Thursday.
The Iridium satellite constellation consists of a system of 66
active communication satellites with spares in orbit and on the
ground. It allows worldwide voice and data communications including
the poles, oceans, and airways.
Aero-Linx: FAR Part
Yes... ultralights still exist... and there are signs that the
most inexpensive way to fly may still see a renaissance...
especially if aero-prices keep climbing for the stratosphere. In
case you weren't aware of what a REAL ultralight is and what it can
and can not do... herewith, we provide the link to the US
Ultralight Association's recitation of FAR Part 103.
"First flight represents the compilation of numerous
tests to validate the airworthiness of the aircraft, and the
robustness and reliability of the software that allows it to
operate as an autonomous system and eventually have the ability to
take-off and land aboard an aircraft carrier."
Source: Capt. Jaime Engdahl, UCAS-D program
manager, US Navy, following the first flight test of the X-47B.