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USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day

USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day 16 December, 2019

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground.

The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release.

Developing Ultra LEAP from concept to first flight took less than ten months, and the system could be ready for operational fielding as soon as 2020. The high level of automation it provides is expected to reduce significantly operator training requirements for the Air Force. Smaller support crews are expected to lead to lower operating costs.

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