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Phantom Eye Demonstrator   (Source: Boeing)
Phantom Eye is powered by Hydrogen

Boeing has unveiled the Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system. The Phantom Eye is a “green” aircraft that is powered by hydrogen and produces water as its only byproduct. The hydrogen power plant is said to be the key element of the design.

Phantom Eye, which appears to be the production version of HALE, will be able to cruise at up to 65,000 feet for up to four days at a speed of as high as 150 knots. The payload capacity of the aircraft is 450 pounds. The engines used in the aircraft are a pair of four-cylinder power plants with 150 horsepower each. The engines are provided by Ford.

"Phantom Eye is the first of its kind and could open up a whole new market in collecting data and communications," Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said today at the unveiling ceremony in St. Louis. "It is a perfect example of turning an idea into a reality. It defines our rapid prototyping efforts and will demonstrate the art-of-the-possible when it comes to persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The capabilities inherent in Phantom Eye's design will offer game-changing opportunities for our military, civil and commercial customers."

Boeing states that Phantom Eye will be shipped to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base later this summer for a series of ground and taxi tests. The maiden voyage of the Phantom Eye aircraft is set for early 2011. Phantom Eye has a 150-foot wingspan.

Boeing has been in the news recently for its new tanker designed to compete in the multi-billion dollar tanker bid program for the Air Force. The company announced this week that it had submitted its 8,000-page bid proposal to the Air Force for consideration for the contract, which is one of the largest ever offered for aircraft. 

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Holy Miyazaki Batman!
By cserwin on 7/13/2010 10:34:39 AM , Rating: 2
So, Boeing's going all Howell's Moving Castle on us? Cool. While they seem to be promoting this thing for civilian uses... the use of 'Phantom' in the name seems a bit ominous.

Naussica and the Camera of Doom, coming to a Theater of War near you.

RE: Holy Miyazaki Batman!
By Hyperion1400 on 7/13/2010 10:40:31 AM , Rating: 3
So, Boeing's going all Howell's Moving Castle on us?

I would have preferred the went Venture Brothers on us and invented a walking eye.

Oh, hey terrorists! Don't mind me; I'll just be over here washing my Walking Eye...

RE: Holy Miyazaki Batman!
By FormulaRedline on 7/13/2010 4:14:30 PM , Rating: 3
the use of 'Phantom' in the name seems a bit ominous

"Phantom" is because it comes from Phantom Works, a division of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security.

This is all public knowledge:

As the article mentions, the Phantom Eye is the production version of the HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) persistent ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance). So for those worried about a 450 lb payload, consider that it was not designed for weapons delivery. Cameras and sensors are considerably lighter than bombs and guidance systems.

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