(Ref 1263 pg 483) Lockheed Skunk Works has an ongoing project called LightStar, its name an apparent reference to the larger DarkStar UAV mentioned later in this chapter, that could fill this mission area. Lockheeds internal designation is P-420, and it is a medium-altitude (5,000 to 25,000 feet) stealthy vehicle that looks like a small B-2. Lockheed engineers patented the vehicle in 1996 under patent D382851.... Terry Mahon provided the patent information.
(pg 620) The Lockheed Skunk Works has a model in development called P-420 LightStar that fits the bill due to its B-2 shape and jet propulsion
various programs (including F-117A, F-22, A-X, JAST, HL-20, Tier II+, Tier III-, Tier III, Wraith, P-420, and P-610)
BrightStar was a quiet supersonic demonstrator, internally funded in the late 90s.
Lockheed has another MR-UAV that's been internally developed for some time and pitched to both the Navy and USAF. The configuration is similar to GlobalHawk, and the patent has been public for some time - though the project started in the 90s.http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=becGAAAAEBAJ
Quote from: quellish on May 08, 2010, 05:27:45 pmBrightStar was a quiet supersonic demonstrator, internally funded in the late 90s.I know there's something over at DLR about this, but is there anything else?
The only web reference I've been able to find so far is this chaps (Dr. Richard Dean Colgren, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company – Palmdale Flight Controls Lead Engineer, Reconnaissance and Advanced Programs) CV (http://eudoxus.usc.edu/RColgren.pdf) where he mentions amongst systems he's worked on: Quotevarious programs (including F-117A, F-22, A-X, JAST, HL-20, Tier II+, Tier III-, Tier III, Wraith, P-420, and P-610)
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