Air Force’s Limits-Pushing Valkyrie Drone Takes Flight Again After Mishap

Air Force’s Limits-Pushing Valkyrie Drone Takes Flight Again After Mishap

The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Air Force recently conducted test flights of the XQ-58A Valkyrie drone, taking the unmanned aerial vehicle to higher altitudes than previous tests.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), alongside the UAV’s maker, Kratos Defense, completed the tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, on Jan. 23, the service announced in a release.

Researchers were able to push the long-range, high-subsonic UAV to an undisclosed higher altitude to “gather data in an operational environment more representative of real-world flight conditions,” the release said.

“Flying at this altitude helped us gather important data such as vehicle response to temperature and vibration, which will prepare us as we move toward our next flight test,” said Michael Wipperman, the AFRL XQ-58A program manager. More about this article in link…