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Technology NASA unmanned Ikhana aircraft makes history flying without escort

21:11  13 june  2018
21:11  13 june  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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NASA 's remotely piloted Ikhana aircraft flying in preparation for its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft . There's no pilot on board. The Ikhana passed a milestone for unmanned aircraft on Tuesday by flying in public airspace without a safety chase

NASA unmanned Ikhana aircraft makes history flying without escort – CNET. Look, ma, no chase plane. NASA ’s remotely piloted aircraft flies solo through public airspace. Continue Reading. Technology News tracked by Arador.

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This isn't your grandma's drone. NASA's Ikhana aircraft looks like a full-sized airplane, but there's something important missing. There's no pilot on board.

The Ikhana passed a milestone for unmanned aircraft on Tuesday by flying in public airspace without a safety chase plane for the first time. NASA got special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct the test flight.

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"This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots," NASA says.

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NASA 's Ikhana aircraft looks like a full-sized This isn't your grandma's drone. NASA 's Ikhana aircraft looks like a full-sized "This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots

NASA ’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft performs flight tests in preparation to fly in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft . On June

The plane is remotely operated by a pilot on the ground and is equipped with a host of high-tech systems that help it navigate and avoid mid-air collisions or close calls. The detect-and-avoid technologies include an airborne radar system and a satellite positioning system that broadcasts Ikhana's position to other planes.

Ikhana took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California and cruised at an altitude of 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) through airspace shared with commercial flights. It later descended to a lower altitude shared with general aviation flights.

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Unmanned aircraft took an historic step forward on Tuesday as NASA conducted the first flight of a large, remote-piloted drone through public airspace without the usual safety chase plane. NASA ’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft , based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, is flown in

NASA 's Ikhana aircraft looks like a full-sized airplane , but there's something important missing. There's no pilot on board. The Ikhana passed a milestone for unmanned aircraft on Tuesday by flying in public airspace without a safety chase plane for the first time. NASA got special permission from

Ikhana is part of NASA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System (UAS-NAS) project, which is working on safely integrating remotely piloted aircraft into the same airspace as human-piloted ones.

NASA's remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft flying in preparation for its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft.© Provided by CNET NASA's remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft flying in preparation for its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft.

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