X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop! Follow Us: Subscribe | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

DARPA’s Awesome VTOL X-Plane Moves to Phase 2

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

DARPA works on some crazy stuff, but the crazy stuff has a way of becoming normal stuff eventually. At the moment, DARPA is working on a slick new VTOL aircraft that has the vertical landing capability of a helicopter mixed with speed and hauling capacity of a fixed wing aircraft.

The project to develop the aircraft is called the VTOL X-Plane and the phase 2 design contract has been awarded to Aurora Flight Sciences.

darpa-vtol-1zoom in

DARPA wants the aircraft to achieve a top sustained flight speed of up to 400 knots. It must have a hover efficiency of at least 75% and a favorable cruise lift-to-drag ratio of at least 10. DARPA also wants it to carry at least 40% of the vehicles projected weight of 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. In other words, the plane must be highly efficient in both hover and forward flight modes.

darpa-vtol-2zoom in

Power will come from a 4000 hp turboshaft engine of the sort used in the V-22 Osprey. The aircraft in the design phase has 24 ducted fans with nine in each rear wing and three on each front canard. The wings rotate for vertical or horizontal flight.

Check out the concept design in action in the video below:

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Advertisement

More from Awesomer Media...

Mattel Ultimate Justice League Batmobile RC Toy

Mattel Ultimate Justice League Batmobile RC Toy

Hot Toys Star Wars Grand Moff Tarkin 1/6 Scale Action Figure

Hot Toys Star Wars Grand Moff Tarkin 1/6 Scale Action Figure

Trono Inflatable Lounge Chair

Trono Inflatable Lounge Chair

Atom LED Wood Lamp

Atom LED Wood Lamp

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review: Luxury SUV Superhero

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Review: Luxury SUV Superhero

Ken Block Tears up the Desert in Pennzoil’s “Terrakhana”

Ken Block Tears up the Desert in Pennzoil’s “Terrakhana”