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The "Phantom I" drone performed a flight in the interests of the US Defense Ministry's Pro Migration Agency

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The "Phantom I" drone performed a flight in the interests of the US Defense Ministry's Pro Migration Agency

The Boeing Phantom Works conducted the fifth flight test of a long-duration UAV demonstrator Phantom Eye (Phantom Eye), during which it reached an altitude of 28 thousand feet (8480 m).


According to Shepard, the unit, which flew the 14 of September at the NASA “Dryden” FACE at Edwards Air Force Base in California, exceeded the achievement of 14 June, when it reached the altitude of 20 thousand feet during the 4-hour flight. This time, Phantom I was in the air for an hour's 4,5.

This flight was the first in the framework of the UAV Testing Program of the UAV with a set of classified payload provided for in the contract with the Agency for Missile Defense.

The Missile Defense Agency was the first customer to install the payload on board the Phantom Ii. The US Department of Defense 5 June announced the signing of an agreement worth 6,8 million dollars, providing for equipping the existing Phantom I UAV prototype with tools and an unnamed payload. The agreement also provides for the collection and analysis of flight test data in order to assess the potential payload capabilities.

Despite the fact that the flight was declared successful, according to sources, the original purpose of the test was to achieve an altitude of 40 thousand feet.

Equipped with hydrogen-powered engines, the Phantom I UAV is designed to perform information gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks, as well as providing communications. The first flight tests of the UAV were performed 1 June 2012, at the Edwards airbase (California). When landing due to deficiencies in the design of the UAV chassis was damaged. However, the flight was deemed successful. The re-flight took place in February 2013. In total, the demonstrator test program is designed for 8-9 flights.

The developers are positioning the UAV as an analogue of a low-orbit satellite providing reconnaissance, as well as early detection as part of the missile defense system. According to the analysis, the three devices provide replacement of one satellite at a significantly lower cost.

The main advantages of UAVs are the use of hydrogen engines, which are more efficient than hydrocarbon-fueled powerplants, used in the construction of lightweight materials, modern avionics.

According to Boeing, there is a high interest in the Phantom I class devices on the market. With this in mind, the company is developing it. Both military and civilian structures are showing interest in UAVs.

Wingspan "Phantom Ai" - 150 feet (45,7 m). The UAV is equipped with two 2,3-liter 4-cylinder engines with an 150 horsepower. each. The device will be able to develop cruising speed up to 150 knots (275 km / h), fly for a duration of 7-10 of 24 hours at altitudes up to 65 thousand feet and carry a payload weighing up to 450 pounds (204 kg). Management can be carried out by a single operator.
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  1. sven27
    sven27 23 September 2013 17: 08
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    Say what you like, and our overseas friends greatly outstripped us in the production of various UAVs and the gap is widening every day. The hydrogen engine on the UAV is impressive! It is urgent to catch up !!!
    1. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 23 September 2013 17: 59
      +1
      It is urgent to catch up !!!

      If "Shell" stands, it will catch up! laughing
      In general, the backlog in UAVs really needs to be reduced, and not only catching up, but also going in other ways, developing not only unmanned aircraft, but also airships and balloons.
      With the vastness of Russia, this really should be an alternative solution.
      1. Genry
        Genry 23 September 2013 20: 29
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        In fact, Russia has a lag in only one issue - electronics. The rest is theoretically and practically worked out.
        The lack of a full range of proprietary microelectronics does not allow all strategic industries to develop. But, I think, in the next couple of years this issue will be partially resolved. Otherwise, both military and space and finance and household appliances will be in )! (.
    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 24 September 2013 01: 02
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      Quote: sven27
      Say what you like, and our overseas friends greatly outstripped us in the production of various UAVs and the gap is widening every day. The hydrogen engine on the UAV is impressive! It is urgent to catch up !!!


      They overtook us at the request of creating large useless objects. In my opinion, such a drone is just big and stupid. So inappropriately chasing them. Purely my opinion, let them spend money on everything, we will need to take only the best.

      Apparently, especially by name, it will be used to monitor the population. For missile defense, an airship would have been enough, the satellite finally ...
  2. Lech from ZATULINKI
    Lech from ZATULINKI 23 September 2013 17: 18
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    Do not rush to conclusions - the purposefulness of this device will confirm the time.
    So far, the payload is small and the flight time is not enough to barrage over the territory of RUSSIA for example.
    1. lelikas
      lelikas 23 September 2013 17: 58
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      Quote: Lech s ZATULINKI
      Do not rush to conclusions - the purposefulness of this device will confirm the time.
      So far, the payload is small and the flight time is not enough to barrage over the territory of RUSSIA for example.

      Well, in 10 days you can fly around us several times in a square, another question is who will give.
      200 kilograms for a pure scout - more than that - it's a healthy man with a video camera and a 10-day supply of food wassat
      I won’t say anything about the hydrogen engine, but the idea itself inspires.
      But no, I’ll say Tu-156 on hydrogen engines has already been.
      1. gunnerminer
        gunnerminer 23 September 2013 21: 48
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        But no, I’ll say Tu-156 on hydrogen engines has already been.





        There was a UAV of this class of Russian production with no such engines. And there are no Russian UAVs with other engines. 5 billion rubles were spent from the treasury without reporting on the creation of an UAV.
    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 24 September 2013 10: 19
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      Quote: Lech from ZATULINKI
      Do not rush to conclusions - the purposefulness of this device will confirm the time.
      So far, the payload is small and the flight time is not enough to barrage over the territory of RUSSIA for example.


      Who specifically needs to fly around the perimeter of the Russian Federation? Do I have to fly around the entire border line along with impassable mountains, deserts and the Arctic? Who else does not fly AWACS along our borders ?? And most importantly, why the US missile defense system such a UAV?
  3. Lone gunman
    Lone gunman 23 September 2013 17: 39
    +3
    New foreign technologies, this is not your love for RUSNANO ...
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 23 September 2013 17: 55
      +4
      citation - Boeing Phantom Works conducted the fifth flight test of a high-altitude long-range UAV demonstrator Phantom Eyeduring which he reached an altitude of 28 thousand feet (8480 m).

  4. bulvas
    bulvas 23 September 2013 17: 56
    +6
    The constant appearance of new products is impressive, especially the fact that something really new is constantly appearing: devices with GDP, electromagnetic, laser weapons, hydrogen engines, robots ...

    And the device is interesting.
  5. My address
    My address 23 September 2013 18: 38
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    Piston engines for altitude 20 km? Noodles on the ears hang!
    1. Kubatai
      Kubatai 23 September 2013 18: 48
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      not 20 km, but 20 thousand feet ~ 8 km
      read carefully
      1. My address
        My address 23 September 2013 19: 59
        +2
        We read even more attentively the last paragraph - 65 thousand feet.
    2. Windbreak
      Windbreak 24 September 2013 17: 30
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      Caproni Ca.161 in 1938 rose to a height of 17083 m.And now is still 2013
  6. alone
    alone 23 September 2013 19: 53
    +3
    if they punished those people who spent 5 billion of budget funds for the development of Russian BLPA, which ended in vain, I think there would be shifts in this area. And so they plundered 5 billion, then they bought a license for the production of Israeli sky-2.
    1. My address
      My address 23 September 2013 20: 16
      +2
      Here they passed through the former Ministry of Agriculture, E. Skrynnik. Mol unfairly made money through the leasing of agricultural machinery, but did not violate the laws. Just made out through their own. Heated from 200 million rubles in your pocket. And that's not counting the billions that went to fictitious farms, tractors, combines.
      You know, there are no normal words, one mate!
  7. starhina01
    starhina01 23 September 2013 20: 16
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    sad to read such news crying our moguls and promise something in the near future that they know how hi
  8. pensioner
    pensioner 23 September 2013 22: 09
    +1
    during which he reached a height of 28 thousand feet (8480 m).
    I understand that this is an absolute record for drones. Interesting: how are world records set for this type of aircraft? Does the FAI have anything to do with these records?
  9. PACIFIST
    PACIFIST 23 September 2013 22: 30
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    If there are 10 such UAVs of 10 hours each in the sky, they will cover a large territory, while they may not be included in the air defense zone
  10. Svetlana
    Svetlana 24 September 2013 08: 28
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    Quote: retired
    I understand that this is an absolute record for drones

    the absolute record for drones capable of changing the flight path is the X-37B orbital unmanned aerial vehicle (see http://lenta.ru/news/2012/12/12/x37b/)