ONR's Flexrotor UAV Program Heads to Next Phase
May 1, 2012 11:58 AM
Testing in high winds is the next step
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Flexrotor program is developing a UAV that is part helicopter and part airplane. This UAV differ significantly from the design of traditional aircraft, and takes cues from the
, which takes off like a helicopter and has tilting rotors the transition for forward flight. This is much different from the
, which takes off and lands a traditional airplane.
The Flexrotor prototype entered the next development phase as of April 30.
This phase of the project will see Aerovel Corporation advance the capabilities of the UAV with an upgraded propulsion system giving it the ability to transfer from vertical cruising flight and to land under crosswinds and high winds. The first major milestone for the UAV was achieved in August of 2011 when the aircraft first transitioned from horizontal to vertical flight and then back again.
"With Flexrotor, the two biggest benefits to Sailors and Marines would be the ability to do extended maritime surveillance from a ship, and to do so with a small footprint," said John Kinzer, ONR program officer for Air Vehicle Technology.
The flight control system of the UAV is incredibly complex to allow for both vertical takeoff and horizontal cruising flight. The propeller has to be large enough to support hovering capabilities and small enough to be efficient in forward flight. The latest phase of flight-testing will have the aircraft testing in windy conditions and gradually increasing the operational envelope of the prototype.
The program is also being sponsored by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, which is working to develop a servicing capability for the UAV. Aerovel is creating an automatic servicing platform that would service launch and landing pad along with acting as the aircraft maintenance bay. Automated maintenance also allows the aircraft to be used remotely for surveillance or personnel were around for maintenance such as refueling.
"[The special ops personnel] like the idea of not exposing where they are when they need to launch and recover one," Kinzer said. "They could put it on a mountaintop somewhere and just leave it to do surveillance."
Office of Naval Research
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
Demand Grows for U.S. Military UAV Operators, Monetary Incentives Plentiful
April 23, 2012, 7:45 AM
U.S. Marine Corps. to Send Tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey to Iraq
April 16, 2007, 8:32 AM
PIQ ROBOTTM reveals its new artificial intelligence software
November 29, 2016, 12:59 AM
One more time - Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone Around the World
November 24, 2016, 4:00 AM
Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project gets halted for 2016
November 20, 2016, 7:00 AM
Cell Research Study shows African Americans have greater immune response to infection
November 10, 2016, 1:00 AM
UTHealth Clinical Trial Shows Progress Using Stem Cells to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury
November 8, 2016, 1:00 AM
Uber Partners with Circulation to Pilot Program Connecting Transportation and Digital Health Care
November 6, 2016, 5:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Surface Pro 5 Rumors - New Release Date and Price
April 22, 2017, 6:45 AM
Vivo V5 Plus – the Selfie Softlight is on You.
April 17, 2017, 7:05 AM
What is the Apple’s iPhone 8 specifications and release date?
April 14, 2017, 5:43 AM
Meet the Smartphone with four cameras - Alcatel Flashphone
April 5, 2017, 11:20 AM
ASUS RT-AC5300 – Ultimate Game & 4K Streaming
April 18, 2017, 7:45 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Warning for Pet Owners
Apr 24, 2017, 5:59 AM
Sound Bars and the Costs?
Apr 23, 2017, 6:30 AM
Link your Brain to Your Computer – In Four Years…Maybe
Apr 22, 2017, 7:03 AM
Google Home can now identify users by their voice.
Apr 21, 2017, 7:15 AM
Amazon Lex – Now Available for Developers.
Apr 20, 2017, 6:58 AM
You can now use Instagram offline on your Android Smartphone
Apr 19, 2017, 8:00 AM
Now you can livestream to YouTube from your mobile device.
Apr 18, 2017, 8:05 AM
Google Home – Is It a Spy Device?
Apr 17, 2017, 7:30 AM
Apple added to self –driving test permit list
Apr 15, 2017, 6:21 AM
Project Scorpio – Coming on June 11
Apr 14, 2017, 6:20 AM
Looks Like Samsung Has Been Forgiven.
Apr 13, 2017, 6:50 AM
United Airlines - Blasted on China’s Social Network and the Stock Market
Apr 12, 2017, 6:50 AM
Amazon's Third-Party Sellers Hacked
Apr 11, 2017, 6:25 AM
Microsoft Surface Pro5 Details Revealed
Apr 9, 2017, 6:41 AM
Own An Android Phone? Then you could be hacked over Wi-FI
Apr 7, 2017, 6:47 AM
Apple confirms iOS 10.3 bug and its effect on iCloud Services
Apr 6, 2017, 6:30 AM
Apple Rolls Out New Version of Apple Music
Apr 5, 2017, 10:35 AM
Apple in the News
Apr 4, 2017, 9:03 AM
Apple iPhones Will Soon Feature Graphics Chips Designed BY Apple
Apr 3, 2017, 6:23 AM
AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors Performance
Apr 2, 2017, 6:30 AM
What makes a camera Lensless?
Apr 1, 2017, 7:45 AM
Google halts Android Wear 2.0 Update Due to Bug
Mar 31, 2017, 7:27 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information