Photos: Keeping watch with unmanned aircraft

Photos: Keeping watch with unmanned aircraft

Summary: UAVs prowl the skies over Iraq and along the border of Mexico--and they might soon fly more widely in U.S. airspace.

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  • Altair UAV

    This slender-wing aircraft is the Altair UAV, which had its checkout flight in June 2003 at El Mirage, Calif. The Altair was developed for NASA by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for long-endurance, high-altitude missions. It will be used to test collision-avoidance technologies that are necessary for UAVs to fly in the U.S. national airspace--and share skies with general aviation pilots and commercial flights.

  • Coastal mapping flight

    General Atomics' Altair UAV flew a coastal mapping, mammal observation and marine monitoring mission off the California coast in late 2005. It was organized by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the Department of Commerce.

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