The UCAV X-45B is a fully automounous (needs no outside controls or signals to operate by itself) jet fighter made by Northrup Grumman for the U.S. Navy. The jet boasts complete stealth ability and can carry up to 4,000 pounds of ordinance. It recently passed its on deck on aircraft carrier tests and is to proceed to sea trials in mid 2013. the MIRACLE about this system is that it does not use current computing technologies that are mainstream or are even used by the military, it has its own new and unique processor which is layered and shaped like a cube. The hardware is new and is designed to work with the new processor. Both the hardware and processor are built to function in a neural net operating atmosphere where neural nets are the basis of the programming used to make the UCAV X45B actaully fly. The amount of processing necessary to actually fly by itself and make in flight decisions dictated having new hardware and operating systems. The result is a new hardware and software system that resembles the terminator technology. Originating at Digital Equipment Corporation, they began development in 1994 with Ted Doyle veteran DEC employee and Dave Stager the master programmer. The hardware and software was sold to Beoing originally, and later to Northup Grumman and Lockheed Martin, all of whom have a UCAV fighter and are competing for various contracts. DEC had limited applications in the world of supercomputing for a self thinking computer and needed to pay for development costs. The Neural Net concept of operating environment is new and expiremental, yet works for the UCAV. The first flight of the X-47B demonstrator, designated Air Vehicle 1 (AV-1), took place at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on February 4, 2011. The aircraft first flew in cruise configuration with its landing gear retracted on September 30, 2011. A second X-47B demonstrator, designated AV-2, conducted its maiden flight at Edwards Air Force Base on November 22, 2011.
The two X-47B demonstrators were planned to have a three-year test program with 50 tests at Edwards AFB and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, culminating in sea trials in 2013. The aircraft will be used to demonstrate carrier launches and recoveries, as well as autonomous inflight refueling with a probe and drogue. The X-47B has a maximum unrefueled range of over 2,100 nautical miles (3,900 km), and an endurance of more than six hours. In November 2011, the Navy announced that aerial refuelling equipment and software would be added to one of the prototype aircraft in 2014 for testing.
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