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DarkStar

DarkStar

DarkStar, or "Dark Star", unmanned created by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing. Its main mission is to perform reconnaissance operations in a given area. Work on the project began in the company 1994 year for the military department of the United States. It was built 4 unit drones. The most successful model - RQ-3 Dark Star, which rose into the air in March 1996 years. Using GPS, the UAV successfully completed flight and landing. At the first two-kilometer radius, he reached the height. Drone flies over a distance of 925 km. Service ceiling is 13716 m. He is capable of being airborne for about 8 hours.

The design of the UAV developers used technology "stealth", which helps to get behind enemy lines almost invisible to radar. All predecessors RQ-3 Dark Star, carrying out intelligence activities generally used film, new UAV used a digital data transmission in real time. The project has not received special popularity, and the lack of funding and a decent future for all undermined "Dark Star". The program was closed in 1999 year.

DarkStar. Characteristics:

  



Modification RQ-3
Wingspan, m 21.03
Length m 4.57
Height, m 1.06
The width of the fuselage, m 3.66
Maximum take-off weight, kg 3855
engine's type 1 turbofan Williams-Rolls FJ44-1A
Thrust, kgf X 1 862
Cruising speed, km / h 463
Practical range, km 925
Practical ceiling, m 13716

 

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