US Navy's X-47B marks the first unmanned plane to take off from an aircraft carrier

US Navy's X-47B drone takes off from aircraft carrier, marks the first unmanned vehicle to do so.

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Published Wed, May 15 2013 2:06 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:23 PM CST

No longer do Navy drones have to be land-based. The United States Navy has officially tested the X-47B on an aircraft carrier and it is the first unmanned aircraft to be launched from an aircraft carrier. Even cooler, the X-47B was launched from the aircraft carrier using the steam-powered catapult.

To be fair, the system was piloted by a person located on the aircraft carrier. After taking off, the drone was piloted to a runway on land for landing. With this first test successfully completed, the X-47B will now have its automatic navigation and landing tested.

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