Tue, Apr 05, 2011
But Details Withheld Concerning The Accident
AeroVironment Inc. has confirmed that one of its unmanned
aircraft experienced a mishap during a test flight at Edwards Air
Force Base on Friday.
AeroVironment Global Observer UAV File Photo
The company, which is under contract to several U.S. government
agencies to develop the Global Observer aircraft, said no one was
injured. There also were no reports of damage to other property.
The company did not elaborate on what happened to the plane or the
cause of the mishap.
On its website AeroVironment describes Global Observer as a
surveillance aircraft designed to fly for up to a week, powered by
liquid hydrogen, at altitudes up to 65,000 feet. "Flight testing an
innovative new solution like Global Observer involves pushing the
frontiers of technology and convention," said Tim Conver,
AeroVironment's chairman and CEO.
AeroVironment was working on expanding the flight envelope of
the aircraft, which had been operating for nearly twice as long and
at a higher altitude than previous flights. A second Global
Observer is nearly complete at AeroVironment's development
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