Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) has unveiled its design for an unmanned aircraft that the company will fly later this year to demonstrate some of the technologies emanating from its new Advanced Systems Development Center (ASDC).
Designed with stealth features and shaped like a kite, Pegasus, as the new aircraft is called, is built largely with composite materials. The aircraft measures 27.9 feet long and has a nearly equal wingspan of 27.8 feet.
The actual vehicle is expected to be completed this summer and the first flight is planned for the fourth quarter of this year at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California.
One of the first tasks of the Pegasus flight program will be to demonstrate the aerodynamic qualities of an autonomous unmanned air vehicle (UAV) that would allow it to operate from an aircraft carrier.
Northrop Grumman is performing trade studies, analysis and preliminary design for a naval unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Navy.
In addition to the naval UCAV, other unmanned programs at the ASDC include the Watchkeeper tactical UAV for the British Army, the Navy Multi-Role Endurance UAV and the high-altitude Sensor Craft for the US Air Force.