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Lockheed Martin - Multi purpose long endurance (MPLE) UAV

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Lockheed Martin and Skunk Works unveiled a concept of medium-altitude /long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called "Multi purpose long endurance" (MPLE) at the AUVSI yesterday.
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http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2010/08/auvsi-skunk-works-unveils-medi.html
http://lockheedmartinpackers.com/auvsi/factsheets/DS-ADP-MPLE.pdf
http://lockheedmartinpackers.com/auvsi/

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This is Lockheed's attempt to enter the MALE market. Aerovironment has the lead because they are already flying their hydrogen-electric powered Global Observer.. Boeing should be flying their hydrogen Phantom Eye by year's end (roll-out already occurred), and Aurora should fly their Diesel Orion at about the same time.

Frankly I see this as just a study, maybe running interference at the most.
 

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Stephen Trimble has updated his blog.
[...]MPLE will challenge the Aurora Flight Sciences' Orion vehicle for a new Air Force Research Laboratory contract to demonstrate a medium-altitude surveillance aircraft that can remain airborne for five days, says Bob Ruszkowski, a Skunk Works systems engineer. Ruszkowski declined to clarify MPLE's propulsion system, although he ruled out a hydrogen-fueled aircraft. MPLE is actually a scaled-down version of a much larger concept design developed by Skunk Works, he adds.[...]
Link: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2010/08/auvsi-skunk-works-elaborates-o.html

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I presume that the "much larger concept design developed by Skunk Works" is high-altitude surveillance UAV (HALE) to compete against Boeing ‘Phantom Eye’.
 

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