MQ-8C Fire Scout Conducts First Flights

By Christopher J. Castelli / November 1, 2013 at 12:57 AM
The Navy's MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA. At 12:05 p.m. Pacific time, the drone took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems, the Navy said in a statement. On its second flight, which began at 2:39 p.m., the aircraft reached 500 feet. “It is a big accomplishment for the integrated government and industry team to fly this...

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