Boeing announced the start of taxi tests on medium speed demonstrator altitude UAV long duration flight Phantom Eye.
Tests were conducted on March 10 at the airbase «Edwards» along with spices Flight Research Center NASA «Dryden.» UAV «Phantom Eye» reached the speed of 30 knots. Group test passed commands using advanced software COMC2 (Common Open-mission Management Command and Control).
According to the developers, the device worked correctly all the teams in accordance with the plan. These tests are an initial step UAV systems check before the first flight.
The company for the first time demonstrated the UAV during a ceremony held at the plant in the middle of St. Louis in July 2010. Machine with the engine on hydrogen fuel is designed for collection tasks disk imaging, surveillance and reconnaissance, and connectivity.
According to managing applets «Phantom Eye» Drew Mallow, a major element in determining the future success of the new UAV is hydrogen power plant, which has the highest efficiency and provides great fuel economy.
Phantom Eye resettled with 2 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 150 hp each. Wingspan UAV — 150 feet (45.5 m). The device will be able to reach a cruising speed of 150 knots (275 km / h), making flight lasting up to 4 days at altitudes up to 65,000 feet and carry a payload weighing up to 450 pounds (204 kg).