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US Air Force XQ-58A Valkyrie completes second flight

17 June 2019
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The USAF on 11 June completed its second flight with the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie. The aircraft is a key component of USAF experimentation with autonomous and unmanned capabilities. (USAF)The USAF on 11 June completed its second flight with the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie. The aircraft is a key component of USAF experimentation with autonomous and unmanned capabilities. (USAF)

The US Air Force (USAF) Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator completed its second flight on 11 June, according to a service statement.

The aircraft completed all test objectives during a 71-minute flight. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) spokesperson Bryan Ripple said on 17 June that this flight was successful because the aircraft completed all of its test points and was safely recovered. Each flight is focused on expanding the aircraft's capabilities, although Ripple did not provide specifics.

The XQ-58A made its debut flight on 5 March. Ripple said the second flight was different from the first in that the second flight was about expanding the aircraft's flight envelope.

Ripple said data are being analysed from these two flights and will inform the planning of the remaining flights.

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