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The U.S. Air Force flies the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. Northrop Grumman runs its Global Hawk program in Rancho Bernardo. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

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New Sensor Improves Global Hawk’s Vision

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Global Hawk high-altitude spy aircraft recently made its first flight carrying a UTC Aerospace Systems MS-177 long-range multispectral imaging sensor. The high-tech sensor is a derivative of the powerful camera carried on the U-2 spy aircraft. The test flight, out of Palmdale, was Feb. 8, but UTC kept the wraps on the announcement until mid-April.

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