General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ Block 50 Ground Control Station for remotely piloted aircraft passed another milestone following a test flight conducted earlier this year.
GA-ASI said Tuesday that, on Jan. 8, its Block 50 GCS was used to operate an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle for the very first time.
The test flight took place at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in California. GA-ASI president David Alexander described the event as “an exciting milestone”.
The new drone control station features a variety of improvements pursuant to Air Force requirements, including a revamped human-machine interface that makes single-seat operations possible as well as improved cybersecurity capabilities.
Alexander said that, with the Block 50 GCS, GA-ASI seeks to help address the manpower and future mission needs of the Air Force.