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  • Barracuda Flies Again
    Posted by Robert Wall 6:51 AM on Sep 15, 2010

    EADS has completed another series of flight trials with its Barracuda demonstrator, but still the question remains what the long-term future of the company's UAS strategy is with little progress to report on the Talarion medium-altitude long-endurance system which is to benefit from the Barracuda flight trials.



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    But with the most recent excursion to Canada, the company can at least show there is still development work going on. EADS says four flights were completed at Goose Bay, logging 162 min. of flight time and bringing the total Barracuda flight tests time to 240 min.

    Barracuda was again equipped with the Zeiss electro-optical/infrared payload it already demonstrated during trials in Canada last year. The company says the latest tests had a special focus on sense and avoid capabilities -- which will be critical to clear the use of unmanned aircraft in civil airspace, auto-taxi, validating a structurally integrated antenna and image exploitation.

    Tags: ar99, unmanned, EADS

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