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DARPA moves ahead with radical vertical takeoff aircraft

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    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency took one step further in building a radically different vertical take off and landing or VTOL aircraft that can fly fast and carry a big load.

    Specifically DARPA awarded Aurora Flight Sciences the $89 million prime contract for Phase 2 of the agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program which looks to:

    • Achieve a top sustained flight speed of 300 kt-400 kt
    • Raise aircraft hover efficiency from 60% to at least 75%
    • Present a more favorable cruise lift-to-drag ratio of at least 10, up from 5-6
    • Carry a useful load of at least 40% of the vehicle’s projected gross weight of 10,000-12,000 pounds

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