X-47B UAV Passes Catapult Launch Test

Northrop Grumman’s X-47B stealth drone was successfully launched from a land based test catapult this week. The system simulates the stresses that the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) will endure when launched from a real Air Craft Carrier. And as you can see in the video above, it seemed to do very well!

The X-47B is a demonstrator model for future carrier based UCAVs. The X-47B brings a lot more brains to the table than previous drones. According to reports this drone can be flown entirely by artificial intelligence.

Sea trials on a real aircraft carrier will be undertaken next year.