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

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  • 05:32 AM, December 8, 2020
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MQ-9B Wing Completes Tests with Load Cases to 150% Max Flight Loads
MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently completed Full Scale Static (FSS) testing on the MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) wing after three months of extensive testing.

MQ-9B includes SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian RPA produced by GA-ASI.

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.

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

“Successful completion of FSS testing on the MQ-9B wing was a critical step in proving that our design meets stringent certification standards for structural strength and integrity,” said Dee Wilson, Vice President, Engineering Research Development & Design Hardware.

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 RPA 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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