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On July 10th, as part of its Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, the U.S. Navy completed the first landing of an unmanned aircraft from a carrier ship, which follows the catapult launch that took place on May 14th, the first of their kind in aviation history. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B is the first tailless, autonomous unmanned aircraft for carrier operations. And Wind River® VxWorks® is its primary computing environment.

VxWorks was chosen by Northrop Grumman as the software platform for the UCAS-D program, and by GE Aviation as the foundation for the Common Core System, the backbone of UCAS-D computers, networks, and interfacing electronics. Building on the proven reliability and unmatched performance of VxWorks, Northrop Grumman engineers were able to rapidly create, deploy, and maintain safety critical control systems—all while reducing development costs and maintaining schedule integrity.

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NEWS RELEASE: Wind River Powers Northrop Grumman’s X-47B UCAS-D First Flight

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Additional Video: Unmanned X-47B Completes First Carrier-Based Launch

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