Sikorsky Innovations awarded contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane program

  • 23-Dec-2013 10:16 EST
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The Rotor Blown Wing represents a unique integration of fixed wing aerodynamics and advanced rotor control to provide a low complexity configuration capable of meeting the challenging DARPA program goals.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program to Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. The proposed effort is valued at $15 million to develop the preliminary design for the VTOL X-Plane, a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft with the hover capability of a helicopter. Sikorsky Innovations is teamed with Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works for the VTOL X-Plane development of its Unmanned Rotor Blown Wing concept. The contract duration is 22 months. During Phase 1, Sikorsky Innovations and Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works will conduct trade studies and develop the initial design. Sikorsky Innovations plans to lead the program from its Fort Worth, TX, office, leveraging talent from both Stratford, CT, and West Palm Beach, FL, engineering centers.

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