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Phantom Eye Flies Again

Phantom Eye rests on the lakebed Feb. 25 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Bob Ferguson/Boeing

Phantom Eye rests on the lakebed Feb. 25 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. following the unmanned airborne system's second flight.

Two weeks after completing taxi tests, Boeing’s Phantom Eye, the liquid-hydrogen powered unmanned airborne system, took to the skies Feb. 25 for its second flight at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The flight lasted 66 minutes, reaching an altitude of more than 8,000 feet and a speed of 62 knots.

“The first flight was pretty incredible, because it proved that the technology and our design worked, but this second flight is a major step closer to bringing Phantom Eye to the market, providing the customer with a capability that has never been available before,” said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager.

Phantom Eye is designed to stay airborne for up to four days at 65,000 feet providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities to support a variety of missions.

Watch the above video to see Phantom Eye fly. For a more in-depth look at Phantom Eye watch this video from Boeing’s Innovation Series.