SkyGuardian shock drone tested in common airspace

The SkyGuardian shock drone was tested in a common airspace. Testing was conducted on Southern California in the interests of NASA, writes Flightglobal.

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian military drone belongs to the mid-altitude class and is developed on the basis of the MQ-9 Reaper, which has been in service with the US Air Force since 2007,

SkyGuardian is able to stay in the air for up to 35 hours, but so far it flies rather slowly – the cruising speed of the drone at an altitude of 7.5 thousand meters is 388 km/h. For comparison, the standard speed of the Boeing 747 is 870 km/h.

The drone is also equipped with an anti-icing system and an air collision avoidance system, as well as an improved infrared camera.

Testing of the device took place on April 3 – the device flew from the city of Palmdale in Southern California towards Yuma in Arizona. During testing, engineers tested the performance of the collision avoidance system.

How much time the drone spent in the air is not reported. It is only known that the tests were considered successful.

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