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  • Northrop Kicks Off Search for 3 X-47B UAV Pilots - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Kicks Off Search for 3 X-47B UAV Pilots

    Northrop Grumman has begun its search for three pilots to operate the Northrop-built X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle. Northrop said in a job notice the selected candidates will work to determine the UAV’s compliance with operational suitability and specification requirements during flight tests. Northrop developed X-47B under the U.S. Navy‘s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration initiative. The drone is […] More

  • Tony Smeraglinolo: Engility Helps Navy Facilitate X-47B Aerial Refueling Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Tony Smeraglinolo: Engility Helps Navy Facilitate X-47B Aerial Refueling Test

    Engility Holdings has assisted the U.S. Navy in a program to demonstrate the automated aerial refueling of an X-47B unmanned aircraft built by Northrop Grumman. The company said Thursday it engineered a navigation software system that worked to help the X-47B maneuver to a fixed position behind an Omega K-707 tanker during a recent demonstration. […] More

  • Northrop, US Navy Demo X-47B System in First Autonomous Aerial Refueling; Pablo Gonzalez Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop, US Navy Demo X-47B System in First Autonomous Aerial Refueling; Pablo Gonzalez Comments

    Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have completed an autonomous aerial refueling test on the Northrop-built X-47B unmanned combat air system aircraft. The X-47B system received more than 4,000 pounds of fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker using the Navy’s probe-and-drogue method during the demonstration off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, Northrop said Wednesday. […] More

  • Navy Test Flies Northrop X-47B, Boeing F/A-18 on Theodore Roosevelt - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Navy Test Flies Northrop X-47B, Boeing F/A-18 on Theodore Roosevelt

    Northrop Grumman‘s X-47B unmanned aircraft completed a series tests on deck operations aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier to see how the drone maneuvers in a flight pattern alongside manned aircraft. The U.S. Navy said Sunday that the drone demonstrated catapults, arrested landings, flight deck taxiing and refueling and integration functions with the F/A-18 as part of […] More

  • Dell COTS Tech Used in Northrop Carrier-Based UAS; Pablo Gonzalez Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Dell COTS Tech Used in Northrop Carrier-Based UAS; Pablo Gonzalez Comments

    Dell has provided a commercial off-the-shelf product to support Northrop Grumman‘s X-47B unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Navy‘s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program. The Dell COTS technology was used to develop the ground control system for the X-47B, which flew last year to demonstrate carrier-based UAS launch and recovery functions, Dell said Wednesday. “Developing the X-47B system […] More

  • Northrop's X-47B Wins Aviation Week Laureate Award - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop’s X-47B Wins Aviation Week Laureate Award

    The Northrop Grumman-built X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System for the U.S. Navy has won Aviation Week’s Laureate Award in the aeronautics and propulsion category. Northrop received the award at a Thursday event at the National Building Museum in Washington, the company announced Friday. According to Northrop, the X-47B UCAS is the first tailless drone to […] More

  • Navy Tests Northrop's X-47B Drone On USS Theodore Roosevelt - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Navy Tests Northrop’s X-47B Drone On USS Theodore Roosevelt

    The U.S. Navy evaluated Northrop Grumman‘s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System during a series of flight and integration tests onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Two X-47Bs completed 21 touch-and-go landings and five arrested landings on the carrier deck, as well as five catapult launches and seven wave-off functions, NAVAIR said Wednesday. Capt. Beau Duarte, Navy program manager […] More

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    Navy to Perform X-47B Carrier-Based Testing; Kevin Watkins Comments

    The U.S. Navy installed an unmanned combat air system demonstrator aboard an aircraft carrier on November 26, according to a U.S. Navy article.  The X-47B N-UCAS demonstration prepares the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier for carrier-based testing. N-UCAS’s flight test director Cmdr. Kevin Watkins said the Navy has tested the X-47B for several years and it  “proves […] More

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    Northrop Team Develops X-47B Wireless Ground Control; Daryl Martis Comments

    Northrop Grumman has developed a wireless ground control system for the U.S. Navy‘s X-47B drone and recently subjected it to shore-based tests, the company announced Thursday. The Control Display Unit is for deck operators to maneuver the X-47B by remote control on the carrier deck. During the test, the Northrop-Navy team demonstrated the CDU’s ability […] More

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