The Global Hawk from Northrop Grumman

Yesterday's crash has thrust the high-flying Global Hawk into the spotlight.

Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The Global Hawk is a high-altitude surveillance vehicle that first took flight in 1998. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The Global Hawk has an 11,000 nautical mile range and can stay in the air for more than 32 hours. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

While the aircraft's height comes in at 15 feet, it's wing span extends a whopping 116 feet.
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The Global Hawk's fuselage is composed of aluminum, while its wing and V-tail are made mostly of graphite composites. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The drone is powered by one Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine, which puts out 7,500 pounds of thrust at sea level. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

Crafted for high-altitude reconnaissance missions, the Global Hawk can reach altitudes up to 65,000 feet. (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

When delivered to military forces, the Global Hawk has a price tag of approximately $105 million, a number that can go up with aircraft modifications. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The Global Hawk was scheduled to replace the U-2 by 2015, but rising costs have derailed that plan. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Whitehead -** Jetwash Images**)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The Global Hawk has served both in Iraq and Afghanistan, but has also been used at home by NASA for environmental science flights.
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The Pentagon announced earlier this year that the Air Force's Global Hawk program is on the chopping block, but that the Navy's program will likely continue. (Photo courtesy of Chris Heaton)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

With yesterday's crash, the Navy's fleet of Global Hawks is now down to four aircraft.
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The crash comes at a particularly bad time, as Northrop Grumman was expected to unveil its maritime version of the Global Hawk this week.
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

The crash also renews concerns about the safety of unmanned drones and the potential dangers poised by integrating them into civilian airspace.
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

Congress is scheduled to open the U.S. skies to drones in three years, a timetable particularly alarming to pilots throughout the country. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense)
Global Hawk

Global Hawk

Read more about the recent Global Hawk crash here. (Photo courtesy of NASA)