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The Boeing Phantom Eye, a high-altitude, long endurance test bed, will require a nose gear redesign after the component snapped during the aircraft's first landing at Edwards AFB, California.
"Hardware-wise, there will be changes based on what we learned," says programme manager Drew Mallow. "I anticipate very little changes to the main landing gear, but we will redesign the nose landing gear based on what we learned."
"The [main gear] skid came down on the lakebed and the vehicle slid for white a while," says Mallow, but "the nose gear was unable to take the load applied to it and actually the wheel snapped." The aircraft slid 200m (650ft) after the incident, and Boeing is continuing to evaluate the airframe and systems for damage.