Lab-Developed Flight Technology Ready for Takeoff
DARPA approves the transition to commercial sector.
The Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) has agreed to allow Aurora Flight Sciences to transition its X-Plane program technology to commercial applications, including expanding its research into commercial electronic vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) systems, the company has announced.
Developed for DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (X-Plane) program, the XV-24 subscale vehicle demonstrator delivered a number of key aviation milestones: distributed electric propulsion ducted fans; an innovative synchronous electric-drive system; both tilt-wing- and tilt-canard-based propulsion for vertical takeoff and landing; and high-efficiency in both hover and high-speed forward flight.
The program advanced the concept of distributed electric propulsion applied to Aurora’s eVTOL on-demand aircraft, which is being developed in partnership with Uber Elevate.