A historic day for robots.
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia at 11:18 a.m. on Tuesday.
This marks the first time an unmanned aircraft has taken off while at sea, and it could mark the beginning of a new era in the use of military drones overseas.