Tag Archives: vertical takeoff and landing

Army, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Prototype Quadrotor Drone Maneuverability Element

Quadrotor Drone

The U.S. Army has partnered with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York to develop a “trajectory planner” element to help improve vertical takeoff-and-landing maneuverability for quadrotor drones. RPI and the U.S. Army plan to conduct further simulation trials for the tail-sitter ahead of hardware integration activities and flight tests.

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DARPA Test-Flies Aurora Flight Sciences’ VTOL X-Plane Prototype

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has conducted subscale flight tests of an Aurora Flight Sciences-developed vertical takeoff and landing aircraft as part of DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane program. DARPA said Wednesday the subscale X-Plane model demonstrated auto takeoff, sustained hover, directional and translational control, waypoint navigation and auto landing functions during flight …

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Ashish Bagai: DARPA Taps 4 Contractors to Blend New, Existing Tech for ‘X-Plane’ Design Project

Four companies will work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help design prototypes of a vertical-takeoff-and-landing hybrid aircraft. Boeing, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Aurora Flight Sciences and Karem Aircraft will build the prototypes under DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane program, the agency said Tuesday. DARPA wants to create an aircraft that can …

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