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Comment: Global Hawk? (Score 1) 137

by scotartt (#26632469) Attached to: Toward Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Technology

ahhh ... Global Hawk anybody? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RQ-4_Global_Hawk

"The Global Hawk is the first UAV to be certified by the FAA to file its own flight plans and use civilian air corridors in the United States with no advance notice.[21] This potentially paves the way for a revolution in unmanned flight, including that of remotely piloted cargo or passenger airliners."

and

"On April 24, 2001 a Global Hawk flew non-stop from Edwards in the US to RAAF Base Edinburgh in Australia, making history by being the first pilotless aircraft to cross the Pacific Ocean. The flight took 22 hours, and set a world record for absolute distance flown by a UAV, 13,219.86 kilometers (8,214.44 mi).[27][28]"

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