Boeing ‘Phantom Eye’ Flew For Second Time On Feb. 25

The ‘Phantom Eye’ project is Boeing’s attempt to produce a HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) aircraft. It is designed to use hydrogen for fuel, to fly at altitudes up to 65,000 feet, and stay aloft for four days while carrying a 450 lb payload.

Phantom Eye Second Flight

Wikipedia says this:

The Phantom Eye demonstrator has a 150-foot (46 meter) wingspan. Boeing states that it can fly for more than four days at a time at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet.[3] Boeing also states that the Phantom Eye demonstrator will be able to carry a 450 pound payload and have a cruising speed of 150 knots.[3] The Phantom Eye carries no armament and is for “persistent intelligence and surveillance”.

Boeing says that they are using this aircraft as a test platform and that they want to build an even larger one that can stay up for ten days.

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Another video of the second flight below.

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3 Responses to Boeing ‘Phantom Eye’ Flew For Second Time On Feb. 25

  1. Roy Ryder says:

    One positive aspect of this drone is that there is real potential for planetary exploration beyond Earth. Mars would be an ideal candidate for a drone like this, assuming you could get it there and have it self-assemble.

  2. BigJimTX says:

    What? No photoshopped images and 8-track players? I call BS on this one.

  3. messup says:

    Just an aside comment: R&D for Boeing who has been reeling from current aircraft issues (777 &787’s) coupled to this at least a three year delay in deliveries, and labor lawsuits brought on by a “deep-pocketed” NLRB, are draining Boeing’s reserves. Add to this,a “cut-back in largesse” what with “sequestration” et al…where is Boeing getting funding for R&D from? HUH? Surely, Boeing’s pockets are picked clean.

    “Obama money” has to be the answer!!!! If it’s “O’s” money, what possibly could be such R&D be aimed “at or for?” HUH?
    450lbs of surveillance equipment hovering over these USA’s fruited plains is a tyrannical despots dream come true…worst of all, YEP! We The People and YOU guessed it, Congress once again has authorized misuse, misguided application of We The People’s hard earned tax payer dollars. Talk about a gross lack of fiduciary responsibility…this has to be IT!!!Subsidies for “Drone Research” for use against USA citizens. Vote all Progressive New Left Activist legislators out of office in 2014 and 2016…Tea Party arise!!Pray. Amen. God Bless these United States of America.
    We The People have heard about “circling-the-wagons” before, but come on, for “pet’s sake,” this has to be the most absurd waste of taxpayers dollars ever!!!! Damn!!!