08/12/2020

MQ-9B Wing Completes Tests with Load Cases to 150% Max Flight Loads

MQ-9B Wing Completes Tests with Load Cases to 150% Max Flight Loads – link

Source: Defense World

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  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems recently completed Full Scale Static (FSS) testing on the MQ-9B wing after three months of extensive testing
  • The testing included multiple load cases to 150% of expected maximum flight loads. The wing was loaded using specially designed fixtures to apply a distributed load across the wingspan – simulating gust and maneuver flight conditions – with no failures
  • This particular wing design is the culmination of a large development effort from multiple areas within GA-ASI and represents a major milestone in qualifying the MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian to fly in non-segregated airspace. The wing test success also establishes the baseline wing design for the entire MQ-9B product line
  • This is critical as GA-ASI starts deliveries to the multiple customers pursuing the MQ-9B including the United Kingdom, Belgium and Australia
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