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AUVSI 2019: Flying Sea Glider programme nears the end

2nd May 2019 - 22:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in Chicago


A US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) programme to explore the technological feasibility of a swing-role UAV/UUV platform will enter flight and underwater tests in the summer of 2019, as the four-year effort comes to a conclusion.

The first three years of the Flying Sea Glider programme saw the development of the design and propulsion systems, the latter of which uses a large-volume buoyancy engine and hydrodynamic gliding. The fourth year, which around half way through, will culminate in testing on a full-size vehicle.

Operationally, the glider could deliver itself to a mission area in flight, before ‘splashing down’ and continuing

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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