A modified version of Boeing’s Blended Wing Body research aircraft recently completed its first test flight, the company announced Tuesday.
The X-48C succeeds the B model, which was used between 2007 and 2010 by NASA’s Dryden Center for research missions.
Some of the C model’s new features include flight control limiters, an estimated top speed of 140 miles per hour and a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet.
Boeing says the X-48C is also 8.5 percent smaller than other heavy-lift subsonic airplanes.
During the nine-minute flight test , the X-48C reached to a 5,500-foot altitude over Edwards Air Force Base in California.
NASA, Cranfield Aerospace and the U.S. Air Force are working with Boeing for the X-48C project.