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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Although it seems like only a few months ago we were celebrating the new year, its already time to put a close on 2011. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows of Boeing’s fast-jet industry this year…
And the blows…
2012 could very well be the launch year for the F-15 Silent Eagle, if South Korea chooses it for it’s next generation fighter. The decision point is expected in November.
The Super Hornet could have a strong year of sales if Brazil confirms their forty aircraft order, and Australia orders another eighteen airframes. This would extend the production line for an additional eighteen months, or until mid 2017.
New developments in country’s such as Denmark, Greece, Singapore, Chile, and the UAE may also spell good new’s for Boeing’s fast jet industry.
When it comes down to it, Boeing has had an amazing year in the commercial business, and stagnated progress in the defense industry. What will the year 2012 bring? With cheaper yet strong offerings like the Silent Eagle and Block III Super Hornet; only time will tell.