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NASA Irkhana in Civil Airspace


NASA’s Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Centre, was flown in public airspace without a safety chase aircraft. Photo: Carla Thomas/NASA

History was made on June 12 when a large UAV flew in the United States’ National Airspace System on its own for the first time.

NASA’s Ikhana, a General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Predator B from the Armstrong Flight Research Centre at Edwards AFB, California, conducted the flight.

Ikhana departed Edwards and flew north towards Fresno before turning south to Victorville Airport and then returning to Edwards.

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