Rockwell HiMAT

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Role Experimental Remotely Piloted Aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rockwell
First flight 1979
Retired 1983
Status On display
Primary user NASA
Number built 2

The Rockwell RPRV-870 HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) was a NASA-program to develop technologies for future fighter aircraft. Among the technologies explored were close-coupled canards, fully digital flight control (including propulsion), composite materials (graphite and fiberglass), Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Synthetic vision, winglet etc. The winning design was produced by Rockwell International.

Design and development[edit]

The HiMAT were actually remotely piloted aircraft, as the design team decided that it would be cheaper and safer to not have a pilot on board who could be killed in the event of a crash. This also meant that no ejection seat would have to be fitted. According to a report by Sarrafian in 1984, the aircraft was flown by a pilot in a remote cockpit, and control signals up-linked from the flight controls in the remote cockpit on the ground to the aircraft, and aircraft telemetry downlinked to the remote cockpit displays. The remote cockpit could be configured with either nose camera video or with a 3D synthetic vision display called a "visual display".

First flight was in 1979 and testing was completed in 1983.


 United States

Aircraft on display[edit]

The two HiMAT aircraft are now on display, one at the National Air and Space Museum and the other at the Armstrong Flight Research Center.[1]


Data from[2][3]

General characteristics



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, Yvette (April 1, 2009). "April Fool! Look What's in Kevin Petersen's Parking Space!". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Boeing: HiMAT Research Vehicles. Boeing. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Simonsen, Erik (May, 2007). HiMAT’s flight marked the dawn of unmanned highly maneuverable aircraft technology. Boeing. Retrieved May 21, 2014.

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