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Paris Air Show: Airbus eyes up maiden VSR700 prototype flight

10th June 2019 - 13:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Airbus is building towards its first flight of the VSR700 rotary-wing TUAS prototype this year - an occasion that will see the vehicle tested without a pilot seat and demonstrate its fully autonomous flight mode.

That level of progress would be an evolution of test developments that saw a sister optionally piloted demonstrator make its own autonomous maiden flight at a military airbase in Istres, France in 2018 and permitted the manufacturer to gain key technological insights into the wider programme.

Currently, flight test activities are concentrating on the development of unmanned functions like automatic flight control system performance and

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