Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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

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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