ScanEagle Compressed Carriage UAS Achieves First Flight

May 29, 2010, 6:39 AM

Boeing successfully flew its ScanEagle Compressed Carriage (SECC) unmanned airborne system (UAS) at a test facility in eastern Oregon on May 12, the company announced this week. The 75-minute flight evaluated the unmanned aircraft’s flight characteristics in a simulated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

Powered by a six-horsepower engine, the SECC was launched from a ground vehicle, flew an autonomous flight plan at various altitudes and provided streaming video from its electro-optical/infrared sensor package to a ground station.

The SECC–a long-endurance, autonomous UAS designed to provide ISR, targeting, and battle-damage assessment–was recovered using the same runway-independent SkyHook recovery system used by the ScanEagle and Integrator unmanned airborne systems. Its 132-inch wingspan and folding surfaces allow it to be carried on an aircraft pylon or in a container. The SECC system will complete additional tests in the coming months.

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