Boeing Phantom Work’s latest drone project, the Phantom Eye, has made it’s second flight out of Edwards AFB in California. The flight lasted just over an hour and gave the flight engineering team a host of in flight and landing data. Testing will continue throughout the year as they expect to fly to an altitude of 65,000 feet and for a minimum of four days without re-fueling. The company is self-funding the green project; it runs on liquid nitrogen and only leaves water vapor in it’s trail. The Phantom Eye was built in St. Louis between 2009 and 2011 before being shipped to California.
The Boeing Phantom Eye unmanned testing system made it’s first flight on June 1st, 2012 at 6:22 a.m. The flight took pace from NASA’s research center at Edwards AFB, California lasting just over 25 minutes in length. Built in St. Louis, the Phantom Eye is part of a series of unmanned technology demonstrators that are internally funded by Boeing Phantom Works which include Phantom Eye and the ScanEagle among others.
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After being ferried out to Edwards AFB in December, Phantom Ray has taken to the sky five months later succeeding high speed taxi tests in March. The first of many test flights, Phantom Ray is a test-bed for future unmanned flight including reconnaissance and strike missions.
The Boeing Phantom Eye has also recently been transported to Edwards AFB as well. Wonder what Phantom Works back here is building now?