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The drone that never needs to land: US Navy’s X-47B successfully completes first ever unmanned refuelling test in mid-air
Flying gas stations that can refuel robotic military aircraft have come a step closer.
The first ever mid-air refuelling of an unmanned aircraft was today successfully achieved by the Navy’s X-47B drone.
The Salty Dog 502 vehicle is one of two Unmanned Carrier Air Vehicle demonstrators (UCAS-D) on the X-47B program.
Earlier today, it plugged its in-flight refuelling (IFR) probe into the hose of an Omega Air KC-707 tanker off the coast of Maryland.
During the test, it trailed the Omega Air Refuelling 707 tanker from a mile off before using optical sensors and a video camera to monitor its approach to within 20 feet (six metres).