American company General Atomics conducted a demonstration flight tests of a promising certified impact UAV MQ-9B SkyGuardian, during the spacecraft performed a flight in shared airspace. As writes Flightglobal, the tests took place April 3, 2020 and were carried out for NASA.
Medium-altitude UAV MQ-9B is developed from the first half of 2010-ies on the basis of the impact apparatus of the MQ-9 Reaper. The developers intend to make a new drone certified. This means that he will be able to check the aviation authorities of the USA and some European countries will be allowed to fly in General with a manned spacecraft airspace.
The MQ-9B can fly at speeds up to 210 knots (388 kilometers per hour) and at altitudes of up to 14 thousand meters. SkyGuardian is able to stay aloft for up to 35 hours. The device is equipped with a modular weapon control system open architecture — buyers will be able to launch a rocket of its own design.
In contrast to the basic version of the MQ-9 Reaper drone SkyGuradian equipped de-icing system and system to prevent midair collisions of aircraft standard TCAS. In addition, the device is equipped with advanced automatic takeoff and landing and reconnaissance optical-electronic and infrared video system high-definition.
Demonstration flight tests of the MQ-9B were conducted in the total airspace of southern California. The unit flew from Palmdale to the South of the region in the direction of Yuma, Arizona. During the flight, the experts checked the work of the system of evading the collision in the air, and radar, which was responsible for the discovery of a light aircraft without transponders of ADS-B.
How much time the UAV spent in the air, General Atomics said. Held check was considered completely successful.
Earlier it became knownthat General Atomics put together the first production version of the MQ-9B, and began its flight tests. The first flight of the UAV was held on 30 March 2020 at the enterprises airfield at El Mirage in California and was declared fully successful.