New drone tests US Air Force’s next generation of flight systems

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory, with support from Lockheed Martin, have put into service their second X-56A (dubbed “Buckeye”) unmanned aerial vehicle.

The machine is being used to check aircraft systems and improve aircraft performance.

A recent 20-minute flight marked the beginning of a research effort designed to yield significant advances in flight technology.

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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