-- DARPA selects Lockheed Martin for Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program
-- Lockheed Martin to manage defense information systems network operations
-- Lockheed Martin EAPS performs controlled flight test
The original stalker could carry a payload of up to 3 pounds on two hour missions with a range of approximately 12 miles.
The Stalker UAV was modified for the indoor flight test to incorporate LaserMotive’s proprietary system that makes it possible to wirelessly transfer energy over long distances using laser light. This light was used to provide a continual source of power to the UAV. At the conclusion of the flight test, held in a wind tunnel, the battery on the Stalker UAV had more energy stored than it did at the beginning of the test. The test was concluded because the flight had already surpassed the initial endurance goals set by the team, rather than a need to land the UAV.