DARPA's VTOL X-Plane program seeks to develop a technology demonstrator that can:
• Achieve a top sustained flight speed of 300 kt to 400 kt
• Raise aircraft hover efficiency from 60 percent 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
DARPA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a Phase 2 contract to develop a technology demonstrator capable of meeting those objectives.
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