An unmanned aerial system built by Dynetics flew for the first time in November at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.
The X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle performed a captive-carry mission through a C-130A aircraft and showcased wing deployment, airborne launch and powered flight transition capacities during the test, the company said Friday.
The aircraft met all objectives and released a drogue chute to mark the end of the demonstration. Dynetics validated X-61Aâ€™s air and ground-based command and control systems and gathered data on the aircraftâ€™s subsystem operations and performance.
â€œThis flight test validates all the engineering design work, analysis, and ground testing we have performed in the past two and a half years,â€ said Brandon Hiller, X-61A chief engineer at Dynetics.
Dynetics led a team composed of Kratos Defense and Security Solutionsâ€™ unmanned aerial systems business, Airborne Systems, Applied Systems Engineering, Kutta Technologies, Moog, Sierra Nevada Corp., Systima Technologies and Williams International in line with the Gremlins program.