The autonomous aircraft's successful ability to grab a special cable upon landing sets it up for its first carrier tests later this month.
Picking up where it left off during the summer, the futuristic aircraft carries out at-sea maneuvers on and around its third aircraft carrier.
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.
Northrop Grumman's unmanned stealth plane chalks up another milestone ahead of its anticipated aircraft carrier trials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tailless, stealth UAV, could be operating off US Navy carriers by 2020.