U.S. new generation of UAV prototype crashed during testing (Figure)
” Global Observer, “a UAV is a very innovative product. The potential use of large aircraft, can be used for high-altitude reconnaissance can also be used as a communications relay machine.
Xinhua Zhuangao: According to “Defense News” website reported on April 1, the world’s largest manufacturer of American aviation environment UAV Corporation (AeroVironment) of the first “Global Observer” UAV located in the United States, California Edwards Air Force Base crashed cause of the crash is under investigation. Some analysts believe that the incident will have a tremendous impact on aviation environmental companies.
“Global Observer,” a UAV is a very innovative product, one flight a week stay at high altitude, and the use of hydrogen instead of conventional fuels. The potential use of large aircraft, can be used for high-altitude reconnaissance can also be used as a communications relay machine.
leading U.S. aerospace consulting firm Teal Group analyst, said Finnegan, “Global Observer” unmanned aerial vehicle could have been a new aviation environment, the company’s growth, the U.S. defense attaches great importance to it, Because of this low-cost UAV can work long hours.
“Global Observer” test flights in the United States Department of Defense, “Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration” project carried out under funding. However, the crash may have UAVs in the field of aviation environmental impact of competition, they take time to improve the model, while Boeing and other competitors may benefit from it.
However, Finnegan analysis, accident aviation environment, the company will not bring a fatal blow. “Global Observer” unmanned aerial vehicles will not be stopped, unless found serious flaws. In addition, the “Global Observer,” the second prototype is already nearly completed, determine the fate or UAV performance.
UAV in development occurred during the crash test is not uncommon, more well-known example is the 1999 Northrop Grumman “Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicle prototype in flight crashed. (Sun Ruibo)