What Are Some Examples of Pilotless Drones?


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The Global Hawk and the X-47B Pegasus by Northrop Grumman are two examples of pilotless drones. Northrop Grumman developed both drones in partnership with the U.S. government.

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Able to climb up to 60,000 feet, the Global Hawk can stay in air for up to 32 hours without interruption. The drone can carry 3,000 pounds and has a range of some 14,100 miles. Although Northrop Grumman developed the drone for military surveillance purposes, it now serves NASA in research missions.

The X-47B is a strike fighter-sized drone that weighs 42,000 pounds. Powered a single Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engine, the drone has a payload capacity of 4,500 pounds. The X-47B has a range of some 4,000 miles and can reach high subsonic speeds.

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