Robot plane sensors OK’d

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Northrop Grumman Corp. has completed acceptance testing of the first production version of new integrated sensors for the Global Hawk robot reconnaissance plane, the program manager said. The sensor package includes electro-optical and infrared cameras and synthetic aperture radar, produced by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “The installation of this new sensor package on Global Hawk is a significant milestone for the program,” said George Guerra, Northrop Grumman’s Air Force Global Hawk program manager. “The imagery provided by this sensor, even under the worst imaginable environmental conditions on the ground, will go a long way in meeting the needs of the war fighter.” The new sensor package features improvements derived from technology developed for and used on Lockheed Martin’s U-2 spy planes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Northrop Grumman expects to accept several more production sensor suites from Raytheon later this year. Two RQ-4A Global Hawks with the new production sensor suites are expected to enter active duty this fall. Pre-production Global Hawks have already flown more than 4,500 hours in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq, even though they were still in development. A Global Hawk plane flies under computer guidance at an altitude of at least 60,000 feet, above bad weather and prevailing winds, for more than 35 hours. During a mission, it can transmit images taken over an area about the size of Illinois. Northrop Grumman assembles the planes in Palmdale. last_img read more