posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 10:45 AM
The supposed "UFO" in the video is the X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator, also known as the Stingray. It was tested
at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, California. The aircraft in the video is the first of two air vehicles produced by Boeing. AV-1
was nicknamed "The Elsie May" and had blue wings while AV-2 ("Wicked Wanda") had red wings.
The footage at the beginning was shot with the Long-Range Optical (LRO) camera at Dryden. Closer shots were filmed from the F-18 chase plane. This may
have been Flight 15 of the project (the 13th flight for AV-1) when the weapons bay door was opened for the first time at Mach 0.60 and 35,000 feet on
21 February 2003.
Under a $256 million cost-share agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force, Boeing Phantom Works in
St. Louis, Mississippi, built the two X-45A flight vehicles to prove the technological feasibility of multiple UCAVs autonomously performing extremely
dangerous and high-priority combat missions.
NASA supported the DARPA/Boeing team in the design, development, integration, and demonstration of the critical technologies, processes, and system
attributes leading to an operational UCAV system. Dryden support of the X-45A demonstrator system included analysis, component development,
simulations, ground tests, and flight tests.
[edit on 8-9-2009 by Shadowhawk]