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US certifies strike drone for flights in common airspace

In the United States, there are no plans to certify the MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone for flying in a common airspace. As reported "NPlus1", Next summer is scheduled for testing, which will be carried out as part of the US national air traffic control system.

US certifies strike drone for flights in common airspace

The American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, together with NASA, planned for the summer of the 2020 year the flight tests of the mid-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9B SkyGuardian in common airspace. The ultimate goal of the test program is to bring the attack drone to the possibility of registering the air authorities of the United States and some European countries, after which it will be allowed to fly in general with manned air vehicles in the airspace.

As stated in the development company, as part of the flight tests, the operation of the systems for detecting air objects and avoiding collisions with them, as well as data exchange and drone control equipment, will be checked. According to the test plan, the MQ-9B will fly at an altitude of about 3 thousand meters above San Diego in California. During the flight, the drone will conduct a detailed survey of the city. Plans for further tests and the timing of certification of UAVs are not reported.

The MQ-9B mid-altitude drone was developed on the basis of the MQ-9 Reaper, its first flight took place at the end of the 2016 year. The device is capable of flying at speeds up to 388 kilometers per hour and at altitudes up to 14 thousand meters. Flight duration is up to 35 hours. The device is equipped with a modular weapon control system that allows explants to launch proprietary rockets from it.
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  1. Bykov.
    Bykov. 9 October 2019 16: 04
    And what is this right form - "common airspace"?
    1. matross
      matross 9 October 2019 17: 06
      Not at all - general. And in common with manned aircraft.
      1. krot
        krot 10 October 2019 07: 57
        It seems that the author means by common airspace- air corridors for civil aviation !? Maybe of course I'm wrong.
    2. APASUS
      APASUS 9 October 2019 18: 36
      Quote: Bulls.
      And what is this right form - "common airspace"?

      The status of the UAV is not defined at all, and so the Americans decided to legalize it. And "common airspace" most likely means the space for aviation flights, no matter what
  2. Invoce
    Invoce 9 October 2019 16: 04
    Let them fly, but only in their common airspace!
  3. Nycomed
    Nycomed 9 October 2019 16: 12
    Nice toy!
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 9 October 2019 16: 13
    In this case, Russia is obliged not to give the United States a certificate or admission for the right to fly in our airspace.
    1. matross
      matross 9 October 2019 16: 25
      This is a military plane. Though unmanned. In the airspace of Russia, he will not fly in peacetime. Do not write nonsense.
      1. Thrifty
        Thrifty 9 October 2019 16: 34
        Matross, read the article carefully, the United States wants to certify it as a regular civilian side.
        1. matross
          matross 9 October 2019 17: 03
          Nothing like this. Only for flights in common space with manned aircraft. This is an attack drone. It is impossible to certify him as an "ordinary civilian". Don't muddy the waters, I beg you.
        2. Troll
          Troll 9 October 2019 17: 32
          Military as ordinary civilian? You misunderstood.
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 9 October 2019 16: 26
  6. Piramidon
    Piramidon 9 October 2019 16: 49
    next summer, tests are scheduled to be carried out as part of the US national air traffic control system

    Yes, even if they fly on their broomstick over their Yankestan.
  7. sledak
    sledak 9 October 2019 20: 37
    For a complete understanding of why this is being done (in the sense that it’s not only to control the territory where military operations are not conducted, but there may be an object for destruction) I quote from an article in 2015 that has not lost its relevance and possibly explains why such drones are still appear (who is too lazy to read everything - something highlighted).

    And so "... The second very important process that is taking place in America is blurring the line between the military and civilian sectors... The US military-industrial complex is turning into a single community, a kind of monster, in which the boundaries between the financial, military-intelligence and educational spheres of the United States are blurring. Therefore, any corporation works for the US national defense, any corporation can actually become a quasi-state entity, because it is private firms that become state contractors and take on the functions of the state. ... "

    Therefore, a military drone in a stream of civilian courts is a completely natural part of the process of blurring the boundaries between military and non-military. I do not pretend to the truth and only fidelity of thoughts, but this is partly true.

    Ps And the article in 2015 was about how our education is being wetted for the needs of corporations
  8. Lexus
    Lexus 9 October 2019 22: 22
    Since such a booze has gone
    Cut the last cucumber!
    (C) "Started early ...", V.S. Vysotsky, 1956

    Will taste and the cruise missiles will be certified for flights in "common airspace". But what about the "drone swarms" to be?
    You give contracts for dispatching services and transponders! Here the dispatchers will have fun:
    - Bort-747, leave for the 6th echelon, you have four cruise missiles and twenty-two drones at the rate! ..
    - Cruise missile number 1 .............................

    Video taken from the comic program "Pun" (video comic "Steep Pique)
  9. Rzzz
    Rzzz 9 October 2019 22: 40
    In general, it is amazing how this plastic garbage with a propeller rises 15 km. It seemed to me that the propeller greatly loses efficiency with altitude, and therefore fly on propellers at lower altitudes. It seems like exactly the development of jet engines made it possible to fly efficiently for 9-12 km, and that’s why the turboprop liners like Il-18