Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

DARPA reveals its new VTOL X-Plane concept


Posted on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 | Comment icon 14 comments

The new aircraft will be able to lift off vertically like a helicopter. Image Credit: DARPA
The government agency has unveiled plans for a futuristic unmanned vehicle known as 'LightningStrike'.
Capable of taking off, hovering and landing vertically, the new aircraft is being developed by Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. as part of DARPA's VTOL Experimental Plane (X-Plane) program.

"Aurora is proud to support DARPA on what we all hope to be a truly historic breakthrough in aviation technology," said Aurora chairman and CEO John Langford.

"If successful, VTOL X-Plane’s radically improved flight capabilities could lead to revolutionary advancement of the U.S. military's future mission capabilities."

The first aircraft in history ever to be fitted with distributed hybrid-electric propulsion ducted fans, LightningStrike will be capable of carrying heavy loads at speeds of up to 460mph.

Test flights of the vehicle are expected to begin as early as 2018.


Source: Engadget.com | Comments (14)

Tags: DARPA

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheKarateKid on 9 March, 2016, 20:51
Could extra terrestrials assisted in the design of this? Not a statement but a question
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 10 March, 2016, 3:46
Could extra terrestrials assisted in the design of this? Not a statement but a question No.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Chibadiba on 10 March, 2016, 3:49
Looks like it's flying backwards.
Comment icon #8 Posted by seeder on 10 March, 2016, 3:50
and to those people who think we have secret underground bases where we back engineer ufo tech... just look at what we design...
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 10 March, 2016, 4:08
and to those people who think we have secret underground bases where we back engineer ufo tech... just look at what we design... Excellent point. This design seems so blatantly "mechanical" as to exclude any notion of ET influence.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FateAmeniableToChange on 10 March, 2016, 16:38
Cant say im much impressed if this is our cutting edge aerial concepts! vertical takeoff etc has been around for years, and aircraft like the harrier jump jet were seen as obsolete, conspiracy theorists will love the name of the company though, Aurora lol
Comment icon #11 Posted by Calibeliever on 10 March, 2016, 19:28
The biggest challenge with VTOL aircraft is range. It looks like this is the major innovation they're shooting for but I haven't found any mention of projections in any of the press releases I could see. Range is largely dependent on payload of course which is up to 40% of the gross weight of the craft. Also impressive for VTOL.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Merc14 on 11 March, 2016, 19:47
I think I see what is happening. The motors aren't sandwiched between a top and bottom half of a single wing, each is a separate wing with the top wing inverted - upside down. The fans in the middle provide thrust plus instant low pressure in the sandwich over the top of both foils at once. The top foil is less effective than the bottom but still adds lift, as shown by planes ability to fly upside down. Look starting at 3:48 of this video, imagine the motors between these two air foils. edit, video didn't embed, typo. I think the ducted wing is actually two wings like a biplane uses with a fan... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin on 11 March, 2016, 23:00
I wonder if this design is "battle viable" Seems like so much could go wrong. So many mechanical parts.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Merc14 on 11 March, 2016, 23:09
I wonder if this design is "battle viable" Seems like so much could go wrong. So many mechanical parts. It has one jet engine powering a generator and everything else is electrical, I think. Maybe hydraulics at the core for landing gear and wing tilt, so armor up the engine and fuel area and itcould take some hits.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6036455
259253
171228

 
Flat-Earther to launch himself in a rocket
11-22-2017
Self-taught rocket scientist 'Mad' Mike Hughes is hoping to reach 1,800ft in his own steam-powered rocket.
Entire family of mammoths goes on sale
11-21-2017
The skeletons, which include a one-year-old baby, were discovered by builders in Siberia 15 years ago.
Mystery still surrounds UFO over Oregon
11-21-2017
Back in October, aviation authorities investigated an unidentified aircraft flying over the West Coast.
Interstellar visitor is red and very dark
11-21-2017
An asteroid thought to have come from interstellar space is carrying organic carbon-based molecules.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
What do we know of the giant squid ?
Posted 11-20-2017 | 1 comment
The giant squid is so elusive that it took until 2004 for someone to photograph a live specimen.
 
Slow motion katana slice
Posted 11-18-2017 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys attempt to slice through a row of water bottles using a katana sword.
 
What happened to the Library of Alexandria ?
Posted 11-17-2017 | 5 comments
What really happened to the vast wealth of knowledge stored in the ancient library ?
 
World's largest sticker ball
Posted 11-14-2017 | 1 comment
This enormous ball of stickers contains somewhere in the region of 200,000 stickers.
 
Caving claustrophobia
Posted 11-10-2017 | 12 comments
A montage of shots from caving in some of the most cramped conditions on Earth.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Strange occurrences
11-15-2017 | Fife
 
Mysterious music box song
11-15-2017 | U.S.A
 
Haunted military house
10-23-2017 | New Zealand
 
Sleep paralysis or real encounter?
10-18-2017 | United Kingdom
 
Ghost playing with a balloon?
10-18-2017 | Australia
 
Impossible phone call
10-18-2017 | West Virginia
 
Seeing cats
10-18-2017 | Santa Rosa
 
Fourth of July UFO show
10-18-2017 | Hillsboro ND
 
Guardian angel ?
9-13-2017 | Middle of nowhere Iowa
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ