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Boeing phantom eye conducts medium-speed taxi test

Posted on March 21, 2012
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Boeing's hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, designed for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and communications has conducted its first medium speed taxi test.
 
The test was conducted March 10 at Edwards Air Force Base in coordination with the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
 
Phantom Eye, reached speeds of up to 30 knots as ground teams relayed directions and information using Boeing's advanced Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (COMC2) software.
 
"The aircraft performed well and the data collected will help populate our models," said Drew Mallow, Boeing Phantom Eye program manager. "This test brings us one step closer to our first flight."
 
With its 150-foot wingspan, the UAV is designed to fly at an altitude of up to 65,000 feet and stay airborne for up to four days while carrying a 450-pound payload.
 
"Phantom Eye's hydrogen-powered propulsion system, matched with its exceptional fuel economy and robust endurance, ushers in a new realm of possibilities for potential customers' long-endurance ISR missions," said James Dodd, Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft vice president, Boeing Phantom Works.
 
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