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US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:22:21 am »
US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled

http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-2687-0-22-22--.html


Published on 12-18-2008
Source: The Register

US aerospace'n'killware goliath Northrop Grumman yesterday took the wraps off one of the most advanced robot aircraft in the world, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS). The X-47B is intended to operate from the flight deck of US Navy aircraft carriers, carrying out entire missions including air-to-air refuelling without pilot input.



Bow down before your Stealth Robot Overlord, puny fleshlings!

(For a full enormo hi-res of this pic, here.) http://regmedia.co.uk/2008/12/18/x47b_full.jpg

"The X-47B will demonstrate how unmanned combat aircraft can operate from aircraft carriers ... extending the carrier's reach and power projection from anywhere in the world," said Captain Martin Deppe, of the US Navy.

The X-47B project will provide just two demonstrator aircraft, mainly intended to prove that unmanned planes can successfully take off from and land onto US carriers. Catapult launch - and even more so, arrested landings - have traditionally been considered one of the most difficult and stressful piloting feats.

Apart from proving the concept of unmanned carrier aircraft, however, the X-47B will also be able to conduct air-to-air refuelling - giving it almost unlimited endurance. The US Navy hasn't asked for more, but in fact the aircraft would have little difficulty carrying weapons and flying autonomous strike missions, as it is derived from a previous joint programme between the navy and air force intended to produce a plane which could do just that.

The X-47B, in fact, will be one of the first true killer robots, able to conduct a mission using live weapons without needing to communicate with pilots or even supervisors on its mother ship or back in the USA. Current roboplanes are typically handled in combat over satcomms channels from bases in America, and take off and land under the control of pilots in ground stations near the runway.

Apart from its robot brain and controls, the X-47B also boasts much longer range than a normal carrier jet - and features Stealth technology. Some in the US Navy hope that it will allow carriers to stand much further off from threatening enemy coasts of the future, which might harbour dangerous ship-killing missiles able to punch through the fleet's defences.

Others are hostile, however. Pilots are one of the US navy's dominant subcultures, and they count themselves better than lowly airforce pukes because they do arrested landings - "traps". The Top Guns won't be looking forward to telling their children that there's no longer any way to win one's glorious wings of gold and the respect of the nation by jockeying a tailhook jet down to a wet deck on a stormy night far out at sea.

According to Northrop, the X-47B, having now been completed, will now enter ground tests in preparation for a first runway flight next autumn. Carrier trials are to begin in 2011.


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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008, 10:13:03 am »
Uh huh, that's the frikkin "UFO" I see once in a while.

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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008, 10:14:08 am »
That's scary. I wonder how much we paid for that....
And it's still in the experimental stages too, so I'm sure they have more surprises for us.
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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008, 10:31:19 am »
X-47 Pegasus
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X-47 Pegasus

Northrop Grumman X-47B
Role   Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
Manufacturer   Northrop Grumman
First flight   February 2003
Primary user   United States Navy
Produced   2003 - January 13, 2006


The Northrop Grumman X-47 Pegasus is a demonstration Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle. The X-47 began as part of DARPA's J-UCAS program, and is now part of the United States Navy's UCAS-D program to create a carrier-based unmanned aircraft. Unlike the Boeing X-45, initial Pegasus development was company-funded. The original vehicle carries the designation X-47A, while the follow-on naval version is designated X-47B.Contents
1 Design and development
2 Variants
3 Specifications (X-47A)
4 See also
5 References
6 External links


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Design and development

The proof-of-concept X-47A vehicle was built under contract by Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites at the Mojave Spaceport. The roll out ceremony at Mojave was in July 2001 and the first flight was successfully completed in February 2003. The J-UCAS program was terminated on January 13, 2006 as part of the US Military's Quadrennial Defense Review.

The US Navy did not commit to practical UCAV efforts until mid-2000, when the service awarded contracts of US$2 million each to Boeing and Northrop Grumman for a 15-month concept-exploration program.[1]

Design considerations for a naval UCAV included dealing with the corrosive salt-water environment, deck handling for launch and recovery, integration with command and control systems, and operation in a carrier's high electromagnetic interference environment. The Navy was also interested in using their UCAVs for reconnaissance missions, penetrating protected airspace to identify targets for the attack waves.

The Navy went on to give Northrop Grumman a contract for a naval UCAV demonstrator with the designation of "X-47A Pegasus", in early 2001. The Pegasus demonstrator looks like a simple black arrowhead with no vertical tailplane. It has a leading edge sweep of 55 degrees and a trailing edge sweep of 35 degrees. The demonstrator has retractable tricycle landing gear, with a one-wheel nose gear and dual-wheel main gear, and has six control surfaces, including two elevons and four "inlaids". The inlaids are small flap structures mounted on the top and bottom of the wing forward of the wingtips.
 
X-47A roll out

The X-47A is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5C small high-bypass turbofan engine with 3,190 lbf (14.2 kN) thrust. This engine is currently in use with operational aircraft such as the Aermacchi S-211 trainer. The engine is mounted on the demonstrator's back, with the inlet on top behind the nose. The inlet duct has a serpentine diffuser to prevent radar reflections off the engine fan. However, to keep costs low, the engine exhaust is a simple cylindrical tailpipe, with no provisions for reducing radar or infrared signature.

The X-45A's airframe is built of composite materials, with construction subcontracted out to Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites company, which had the expertise and tooling to do the job inexpensively. The airframe basically consists of four main assemblies, split down the middle with two assemblies on top and two on bottom.

The X-45A was rolled out on 30 July 2001 and performed its first flight on 23 February 2003 at the US Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake, California. The flight test program did not involve weapons delivery, but Pegasus does have two weapons bays, one on each side of the engine, that may be each loaded with a single 500 pound (225 kilogram) dummy bomb to simulate operational flight loads. The Pegasus was also used to evaluate technologies for carrier deck landings, though the demonstrator did not have an arrestor hook. Other issues related to carrier operations involve adding deck tie-downs without compromising stealth characteristics, and designing access panels so that they wouldn't be blown around or damaged by strong winds blowing across the carrier deck.

Roll out of the X-47B was at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California on December 16, 2008. It is planned to have a three year test program at Edwards AFB, California and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, culminating in sea trials in November 2011. The X-47B carries no weapons, but it has a full-sized weapons bay. It is that same size and weight as an operational vehicle would be, in order to provide realistic testing.[2]

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Variants
X-47A
X-47B

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Specifications (X-47A)
 
X-47B over sea (CG concept)
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General characteristics
Crew: none
Length: 19 ft 7 in (8.50 m)
Wingspan: 19 ft 6 in (8.47 m)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)
Empty weight: 3,836 lb (1,740 kg)
Loaded weight: 4,877 lb (2,212 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 5,903 lb (2,678 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5C (X-47A)
Pratt & Whitney F100-220 (X-47B) turbofan, 3,190 lbf (14.2 kN)

Performance
Maximum speed: "high subsonic"
Cruise speed: "high subsonic"
Range: 1,500+ NM (2,778+ km)
Service ceiling 40,000+ ft (12,192+ m)
Thrust/weight: 0.65

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I hate when they release info on the secret projects because it just means that it will be another 40 years before we see what is actually being developed right now! They have probably already been using this damn thing for a while.  It is the 5th generation of such technology (most likely already in development) that worries me.
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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008, 10:43:20 am »
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I hate when they release info on the secret projects because it just means that it will be another 40 years before we see what is actually being developed right now! They have probably already been using this damn thing for a while.  It is the 5th generation of such technology (most likely already in development) that worries me.

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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2008, 11:01:01 am »
I find it's a heck of a phugly giant drone.

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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2008, 12:24:24 pm »
Like this?


:o What the hell is that one?! :o

Looks to be a fighter. Bombers don't necessarily need all that maneuverability (4 leading control flaps on a swept wing aircraft). It has 2 engines combined into 1 exhaust so I'm guessing it needs speed and IR/radar stealth. But still.....

:o What the hell is that one?! :o
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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2008, 05:53:00 pm »

I hate when they release info on the secret projects because it just means that it will be another 40 years before we see what is actually being developed right now! They have probably already been using this damn thing for a while.  It is the 5th generation of such technology (most likely already in development) that worries me.

I agree with you here Sane,. We are seeing decade old tech being tuanted as new stuff. What they do show us as being in developemnt now has most likely been in service for years. IMO the most disturbing part of that article was the AI being able to do the missions autonomously. Kind of like that movie "stealth". That same AI will be or has already been implemented into all the smaller track type delivery systems and will just given an order and away they go. Couple that with an article I read the other day( i will try to find the link later) about developing a sytem that could reroute circuits and keep on going after damaged and you get some really scary stuff. And don't forget about the robot "packs" that work together to complete their missions. It really amazes me the lengths they go to to destroy life. To me, it just proves that their desire for depopulation of the planet is true. I can only imagine what life would be like if all those resources were spent peaceably on humainitarian things.
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Re: US Navy's robot stealth carrier plane unveiled
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008, 06:00:14 pm »
I hate when they release info on the secret projects because it just means that it will be another 40 years before we see what is actually being developed right now! They have probably already been using this damn thing for a while.  It is the 5th generation of such technology (most likely already in development) that worries me.

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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2008, 06:01:44 pm »
Man those planes are beautiful....

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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2008, 06:20:53 pm »
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2008, 06:26:48 pm »
And where does the $500,000,000 or whatever per plane come from? Just digits in cyberspace. Neat, huh?
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