Sikorsky has won $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The DARPA’s ALIAS program’s aim is to develop and insert new automation into existing aircraft to enable operation with reduced onboard crew, according to the press release announced on […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Sikorsky Wins $8 Million Contract For DARPA’s ALIAS Program
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will review conceptual designs of the four vertical take-off and landing experimental aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) models in July. Boeing Phantom Swift programme manager Brian Ritter told IHS Jane’s that the initial reviews of designs developed by Aurora Flight Sciences, Boeing, Karem and Sikorsky are scheduled to be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on DARPA to review VTOL X-Plane conceptual designs in July
24 March 2014 Artist’s concepts (from top) by Boeing, Karem and Sikorsky The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded four contracts for the first phase of a plane that can take off and land like a helicopter but actually fly like a real plane. The agency is looking for “innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on DARPA developing ‘radical’ copter/plane hybrid
A plane that laughs at short runways, a helicopter that sneers at slow airspeeds, a Jeep that jumps over IEDs, a robot that fears nothing as it ferries cargo and wounded soldiers in and out of battle zones—all these machines in one small, convenient package—that’s what the military calls “Darpa hard.” As for Darpa itself—the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Is It a Helicopter? Is It a Plane? Is It a Jeep? Yes.
11 February 2014 Unmanned aerial logistics system would bypass ground-based threats and enable faster, more effective delivery of cargo and other essential services in hard-to-reach areas U.S. military experience has shown that rugged terrain and threats such as ambushes and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) can make ground-based transportation to and from the front lines a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on ARES Aims to Provide More Front-line Units with Mission-tailored VTOL Capabilities
Manassas, VA, February 4, 2014 – Aurora Flight Sciences announced today the award of a Phase I contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane program. Aurora’s innovative VTOL X-Plane, known as LightningStrike, is designed for efficient hover and high speed, meeting DARPA’s ambitious goals for performance and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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