The X-47B catching the arrester cable
The X-47B being slowed to a halt by the cable system
Statistics for the X-47B
The X-47B is a technology demonstrator for future unmanned combat aircraft
Two X-47Bs were built with one designed for aerial refueling tests
The carrier-type landings were conducted at a shore facility at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland
The robot takeover came a step closer as Northrop Grumman and the US Navy carried out a successful carrier-style landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. The test, which was carried out on Saturday at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, used a land-based version of an aircraft carrier cable-arrested landing system as the beginning of the final phase of testing prior to carrier-based trials planned for later this month.
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