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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

The flying-car designers at Terrafugia may be behind schedule getting their first commercial model off the ground, but they're already talking up their next big idea: a four-person hybrid car with tilting engines that allow for vertical takeoff and landing, which could be in production by 2025. Terrafuiga TF-X VTOL flying car …
Iain Thomson, 6 May 2013
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Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket

SpaceX, the upstart start-up rocket company founded by famous techwealth kingpin Elon Musk, is to build and test-fly a "Grasshopper" hover rocket based on the massive first-stage fuel tank of the company's Falcon 9 vehicle, capable of carrying ten tonnes of cargo or seven people into orbit. As yet SpaceX is not discussing the …
Lewis Page, 27 Sep 2011
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X2 triplex super-chopper in final flight

The (ahem) revolutionary X2 prototype copter, which can fly much faster than a normal helicopter but still make vertical landings and takeoffs, has made its last flight. Manufacturer Sikorsky now plans to produce an S-97 military version of the speedy chopper for sale to the US Army. The X2 demonstrator airborne for the first …
Lewis Page, 19 Jul 2011
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Cornish cow plucked from jaws of death by Navy chopper

A Cornish cow, trapped on steep cliffs near Port Isaac, was hoisted to safety recently slung beneath a Royal Navy rescue helicopter. A cow being rescued by 771 Naval Air Squadron. Credit: Crown Copyright/MoD 2011 West-country whirlybird flying cattle action. Had the naval copter not been called in by the RSPCA, the trapped …
Lewis Page, 9 Jun 2011
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Israeli hover-jeep returns to flight testing

The "AirMule" robot hover-jeep being developed in Israel is back in flight tests following modifications: but the radical ducted-fan VTOL craft still has yet to fly untethered. The latest, wheeled 'AirMule' robot hover-jeep configuration. credit: Urban Aero Easier to push about on the ground, too. According to makers Urban …
Lewis Page, 10 May 2011
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Sikorsky, US Army claim whisper-flapcopter test success

A wind-tunnel test programme aimed at producing new, hi-tech rotor blades for helicopters has finished. The trials, which used blades fitted with trailing-edge flaps like those seen on aeroplane wings, reportedly offer the prospect of much-enhanced copters in future – in particular, the long-heralded "whisper mode" for covert ( …
Lewis Page, 3 May 2011
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Obama gets personal V-22 Osprey tiltrotor

President Obama's personal helicopter fleet will soon include the famous, controversial V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, according to reports. However it seems unlikely that the amazing plane-copter combo craft will land on the White House lawn very often. A V-22 Osprey coming in to land at the Pentagon. Credit: US Navy/Mass …
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2011
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'Personal Air Vehicle' VTOL jump-copter in key flight test

A radical autogyro jump-copter "Personal Air Vehicle" able to make vertical takeoff and landings but cruise in winged flight like an aeroplane has achieved a key flight-test milestone. The Carter PAV takes off for a test flight. Credit: Anita Infante Wings optional The Personal Air Vehicle (or PAV) is a new design from …
Lewis Page, 24 Jan 2011
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US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls

The well-known robotics department at Carnegie Mellon university - famed among other things for accomplishments in the field of self-driving cars and for giving the world the 600-tonne automated Godzilla truck - has now been selected to provide an autopilot system for a military flying-jeep project. The Lockheed ducted-fan …
Lewis Page, 9 Nov 2010
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X2 triplex super-copter to be offered as Army 'Raider' craft

US whirlycraft firm Sikorsky, having successfully flown its revolutionary (cough) X2 triplex sprint-chopper to an impressive 250 knots, says that it will now look to put the same technology into a prototype armed scouting craft aimed at the US Army. However, the company seems keen not to spend too much more of its own cash on …
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2010
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Royal Navy running-jump method confirmed for F-35B

A US military contract announcement suggests that the UK Ministry of Defence still plans to purchase the F-35B stealth jumpjet for operations from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers. Lockheed, maker of the aircraft, has received an $18m deal to integrate the UK-developed "Shipboard Rolling Vertical Landing" (SRVL) method …
Lewis Page, 11 Oct 2010
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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

More news out of the US military's "Transformer TX" flying car project today, as an alliance of aviation firms is awarded initial funds to start work on a combination of 4x4 Chelsea tractor and autogyro jump-copter. SR/C concept for DARPA Transformer TX programme, in flight mode. Credit: AAI Corp If they shoot the wings off …
Lewis Page, 29 Sep 2010
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New Euro multicopter aims bitchslap at American X2, V-22

Franco-Germano-Spanish helicopter agglomorocorp Eurocopter has announced its aspirations to leave a glowing handprint upon the bitchcheek of US whirlycraft titan Sikorsky. In an apparent response to the Sikorsky X2 triplex speedchopper project, Eurocopter has now pulled the wraps off its own supercopter design - which it has …
Lewis Page, 29 Sep 2010
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US Special Ops robot whispercopter crashes in Belize

Tests by the US special forces of a radical, new-technology robot helicopter equipped with a radar intended to penetrate jungle canopies from above, have been terminated after a trials aircraft crashed in Belize. The A160T unmanned helicopter equipped with FORESTER radar. Credit: Boeing If the imperial stormtroopers had had …
Lewis Page, 13 Sep 2010
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'Jetpack' inventors: US military showing interest. Honest

A New Zealand company founded by a garage inventor says it is in talks to sell its so-called "Jetpack" - actually a personal ducted-fan aircraft too heavy to be lifted by its user - to the US military. The Martin 'Jetpack' in hover tests Stupid background projection out of focus again. The New Zealand Herald reported at …
Lewis Page, 6 Sep 2010
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Robocopter combat cargo skyhook chosen by US forces

A US military competition aimed at finding a robotic unmanned helicopter able to haul supplies to isolated bases in Afghanistan has a winner, according to reports. The unmanned cargo version of the Kaman K-Max helicopter. Credit: Lockheed OK, flyboy, you go and have your mandatory aircrew sleep time - you've slept yourself …
Lewis Page, 25 Aug 2010
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DARPA orders VTOL robots for 'covert payload placement'

DARPA, the US military research bureau occasionally prone to embarrassing tumbles from the teetering kitchen stool of unreasonable risk while groping wildly for the inaccessible biscuit tin of technological dominance secreted atop the unscalable refrigerator of unfeasibility, has done it again. The maverick Pentagon …
Lewis Page, 20 Aug 2010
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Flying-boat tiltrotor catamaran design wins NASA compo

Engineering students in America have won a NASA competition with their design for a combination aeroplane/helicopter/catamaran rescue craft. Students from Blighty worked on the runner-up design, a quadruple-rotor version of the famous V-22 "Osprey" craft. The RAFT civil ops tiltrotor concept. Credit: Michael P Creaven Two …
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2010

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