Navy scrubs drone's 4th attempt to land on Norfolk-based carrier

Navy scrubs drone's 4th attempt to land on Norfolk-based carrier

Credit: U.S. Navy/July 10

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:57 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The Navy says it has wrapped up testing with a fighter-sized drone aboard an aircraft carrier after the last of four landing attempts was scrubbed after a problem was detected.

The X-47B became the first unmanned aircraft to land aboard an aircraft carrier on July 10. It made two landings that day, while a third attempt was called off because of a computer anomaly.

On Monday, a fourth attempt at landing on the USS George H.W. Bush off the East Coast using another X-47B was scratched because of a test instrumentation issue. The Navy says the jet safely returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

The Navy said Tuesday no additional landing attempts will be made and that the Bush had returned to its homeport in Norfolk.

 

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