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LightningStrike: DARPA’s Vertical Takeoff ‘X-Plane’ | VIDEO

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DARPA’s Vertical Takeoff ‘X-Plane’

     WASHINGTON – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected Aurora Flight Sciences to build the so-called “X-Plane,” an unmanned aircraft that will take off and land vertically.
Lara Seligman
Defense News
3-4-16

DARPA awarded Aurora the prime contract for phase two of the agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane, or VTOL X-Plane, program, the company announced March 3.

The Aurora team’s design, named LightningStrike, is an unmanned aircraft that features a Rolls-Royce AE 1107C turboshaft engine that will power three Honeywell generators, according to a company statement.



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