May 6, 2013: The Northrop Grumman-built X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first shore-based arrested landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The landing begins the final phase of testing prior to carrier-based trials planned for later this month.
Nov. 29, 2012: In preparation for the first catapult launch of the U.S. Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft, a flight deck director -- aka "yellow shirt" -- and a deck operator using Northrop Grumman's wireless, handheld Control Display Unit guide the aircraft into position on a shore-based catapult at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Read more
The existence of two X-47B enables Northrop Grumman to conduct faster and more productive flight tests.
Oct. 11, 2011: The U.S. Navy passed a first milestone for its futuristic new stealth drone when it successfully retracted its landing gear and flew in cruise configuration for the first time. Read more
The craft's first flight in cruise configuration provided an important measure of its maturity and readiness to begin the next phase of flight testing.
The U.S. Navy conducted the first fly-in arrested landing of the X-47B, a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned aircraft designed to take off from and land on moving aircraft carriers at sea. Here's a brief look at the latest in the growing drone army.