Carrier-bound X-47B drone passes remote-control test
The X-47B during remote-control tests in November 2012.
(Credit: Northrop Grumman)
How do you drive a jet-powered drone around the deck of an aircraft carrier? If you’ve ever guided a remote-control toy car around your kitchen floor, you’ll have an idea.
Northrop Grumman said today that it has done its first shore-based tests of a wireless handheld controller that can steer its X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle, a key step toward getting the UAV ready for flight tests on an aircraft carrier in 2013.
In the trial run, which took place earlier this month, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy used…