(Source: www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com – Mike Rees) – MQ-25 Unmanned Refueling Tanker Undergoes Wind Tunnel Tests – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced the completion of the fourth wind tunnel test of its MQ-25 design. MQ-25 is the U.S. Navy’s program to develop an unmanned refueling tanker aircraft that provides exceptional fuel give and more than doubles the strike range of the Carrier Air Wing.

During this most recent low-speed wind tunnel test, the performance of the high-lift system and spoiler-based direct lift control (DLC) were verified in the presence of a heavily instrumented flow-through duct. The results were consistent with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) predictions and further verified the aircraft’s ability to execute launch, recovery, waveoff, and bolter maneuvers on an aircraft carrier. (…)


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