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Posted: 1/26/2006 5:09:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 5:10:40 PM EDT by gaspain]



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January 26, 2006 Bell Helicopter’s TR918 Eagle Eye Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) lifted off the ground for the first time yesterday, hovered for nine minutes, executed yaw and translation manoeuvres and then landed safely. It then undertook a second flight within 30 minutes of the maiden flight's landing. We have previously written about the TR918 here - the Eagle Eye uses the same tiltrotor system as a number of other Bell-Boeing VTOL designs, most notably the V-22 Osprey (Bell - Boeing)and the Quad TiltRotor.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:00:45 PM EDT
That's a new one on me. I thought I knew all of the new UAV's but I guess not.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:10:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gaspain:
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January 26, 2006 Bell Helicopter’s TR918 Eagle Eye Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) lifted off the ground for the first time yesterday, hovered for nine minutes, executed yaw and translation manoeuvres and then landed safely. It then undertook a second flight within 30 minutes of the maiden flight's landing. We have previously written about the TR918 here - the Eagle Eye uses the same tiltrotor system as a number of other Bell-Boeing VTOL designs, most notably the V-22 Osprey (Bell - Boeing)and the Quad TiltRotor.



Sure it does

All except that part about the single engine being in the fuselage where it belongs, and not out on the wingtips complicating the heck out of things. (burning the crap out of things under it when hovering, lots more connections to swivel (fuel, electrical, engine control, bleed air, etc.). It will probably be more reliable than its manned counterpart.
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