General Atomics Tests New Predator Drone

San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on Monday that it has completed its first flight test of its Type-Certifiable Predator B (TCPB) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The company said the new Predator is aimed at use for a number of missions, including unweaponized border patrol, coast guard, and disaster relief missions. The company said the test was completed at its flight facility near Palmdale on November 17th. The company said the new Predator is compliance with international type-certification standards, which allow the drone to be more easily integrated into civil airspace operations.