25 Feb '13, 7pm

DARPA experimental aircraft program to develop the next generation of vertical flight

DARPA Experimental Aircraft Program to Develop the Next Generation of Vertical Flight February 25, 2013 Higher speeds, increased efficiency, elegant designs are the focus of new VTOL X-Plane One of the greatest challenges of the past half century for aerodynamics engineers has been how to increase the top speeds of aircraft that take off and land vertically without compromising the aircraft's lift to power in hover or its efficiency during long-range flight. The versatility of helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft make them ideal for a host of military operations. Currently, only helicopters can maneuver in tight areas, land in unprepared areas, move in all directions, and hover in midair while holding a position. This versatility often makes rotary-wing and other VTOL aircraft the right aerial platform for transporting troops, surveillance op...

Full article: http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2013/02/25.aspx

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