A workforce of contracted civilian Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) specialists, connected to Naval Air Warfare Middle Plane Division’s (NAWCAD) UX-24 Unmanned Take a look at Squadron, teamed up with Army Sealift Command and the crew of MSC’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188) to check a brand new idea in materials transportation, whereas the ship was at sea within the Atlantic Ocean, July 15-16. The workforce carried out three UAS take a look at flights as a part of the warfare heart’s Blue Water unmanned air methods venture. The Blue Water UAS featured a detachable, inner cargo bay able to transporting small payloads of fabric from one location to a different.

“Our workforce went underway to check the feasibility of working the usin a maritime atmosphere, which is likely one of the most troublesome environments to function any sort of plane in. The last word objective was to see if this UAS may carry out a ship-to-ship mission. The Blue Water system is designed to be a cargo transport or logistics UAS able to delivering a mixed weight of provides and mission gas of 30 kilos. We have been right here to display that this UAS may efficiently full an prolonged vary mission of 200-250 nautical miles with roughly 12 kilos of restore elements,” stated Undertaking Engineer Mark Richardella, of NAWCAD’s UX-24 Unmanned Take a look at Squadron.

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A view of the detachable cargo maintain from the unmanned car element of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Water logistics Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). A workforce of contracted civilian UAS specialists from the Naval Air Warfare Middle Plane Division’s (NAWCAD) UX-24 Unmanned Take a look at Squadron, flew the prototype from the flight deck of Army Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188). (U.S. Navy photograph by Invoice Mesta/launched)

For the take a look at to be thought-about profitable, the workforce wanted to show the unmanned plane may journey a distance of at the very least 200 nautical miles whereas finishing up a ship-to-ship logistic help mission. The Blue Water UAS examined through the underway included the plane, floor station and telemetry station. In every of the take a look at flights, the ussuccessfully transported an inner cargo consisting of simulated restore elements. On July 15, the primary day of shipboard testing, the uswas launched from the ship’s flight deck and ascended roughly 100 toes vertically. The primary flight was principally a perform take a look at to make sure that the system was absolutely operational and functioning correctly,

The usthen descended again to the flight deck the place the workforce of specialists efficiently recovered the usThe first day of testing included a second take a look at flight the place the uswas launched vertically from the ship, transitioned to ahead flight away from USNS Joshua Humphreys and executed a direct flight again to the ship, the place it once more efficiently landed vertically on the flight deck. On July 16, the second day of testing, the usagain was launched from USNS Joshua Humphrey’s flight deck and efficiently transported its inner payload of simulated provides to the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96). Transferring ahead, MSC is evaluating the usconcept’s limitations and figuring out what modifications and enhancements can be required for the idea to change into an operational functionality.

US Naval Air Warfare Center Teams Up with Military Sealift Command to Test Unmanned Aerial System Concept
The unmanned car element from the U.S. Navy’s Blue Water logistics Unmanned Aerial System, from the Naval Air Warfare Middle Plane Division’s (NAWCAD) UX-24 Unmanned Take a look at Squadron, takes off from the flight deck of Army Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188) whereas the ship was at sea within the Atlantic Ocean, July 16.(U.S. Navy photograph by Invoice Mesta/launched)