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June 15, 2012

Drone of the day: The Army’s constantly-crashing Gray Eagle

  • problem The U.S. Army is developing their own Predator-style drone, called the Gray Eagle, but failure to meet “key performance parameters” has kept the drone delayed.
  • solution More funding and more tests, as the Gray Eagle is a crucial part of the Pentagon’s long-term plan to dramatically increase its unmanned air force by 2022. source

» The Eagle has landed … poorly. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in a drone that was still crash landing as recently as March 2011. A squadron of four Gray Eagles is currently active in Afghanistan, but unstable software — what caused the drone to crash last March — still calls for more tests. They better get moving; the Army has an order in for 164 of them within the next decade.

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