Picking up where it left off during the summer, the futuristic aircraft carries out at-sea maneuvers on and around its third aircraft carrier.
Don't try this with your backyard drone. The X-47B has made its first arrested landing on an aircraft carrier, and the world of unmanned aircraft may never be the same.
The autonomous aircraft's successful ability to grab a special cable upon landing sets it up for its first carrier tests later this month.
The pilotless prototype shows that it can fit into the crowd on an aircraft carrier flight deck and get the job done "in the most hostile electromagnetic environment on Earth."
The pilotless aircraft needs to prove that it's up to the rigors of the kind of slingshot launch that it can expect soon from an aircraft carrier.
On dry land, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy show that they can use a handheld controller to maneuver the drone as if around the tight quarters of an aircraft carrier.
Northrop Grumman's unmanned stealth plane chalks up another milestone ahead of its anticipated aircraft carrier trials.
The F-18 that landed aboard the USS Eisenhower uses the same avionics and software as the X-47B, a robot stealth plane that's like a UAV drone on steroids.
The prototype aircraft, which sports a striking flying-wing design, flew for 17 minutes last month. Says Boeing: "Autonomous, fighter-sized unmanned aircraft are real."
Making its second and third dry runs in the desert, the Northrop Grumman prototype is in the early stages of gearing up for eventual maneuvers on an aircraft carrier.