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NASA Dryden Past Projects: Altair UAV Technology Demonstrator
November 3, 2009

Remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerila vehicle.Remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle. As part of the ERAST project (Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. supplied a Predator A aircraft as a platform for high-altitude science. Flown remotely, and named Altair, the vehicle was part of the larger NASA initiative to develop and test technology for long endurance, high-altitude unmanned science platforms under ERAST. One of the parallel goals of the project was the ultimate incorporation of UAVs into the national air space, something which ERAST laid the ground work for but did not achieve.

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