The US Army is looking to partner with an engineering firm, Aurora Flight Sciences to jointly develop and manufacture high-speed, high-endurance and high-payload capabilities for vertical lift platforms.
The engineering firm hosted a visit from U.S. Army Research Laboratory aerospace engineers Aug. 15. Earlier this summer, officials from the company visited the Army's research facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. A.
"It's going to fundamentally change how we look at rotorcraft," said Dr. Rajneesh Singh, an acting division chief in the laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate. "In addition to its very innovative, unique design, it has several subsystem technologies that in themselves would lead to huge performance gains even for traditional rotorcraft".
The US Department of Defense has already invested funding in Aurora's unique technologies. In 2016, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, awarded Aurora a contract to build a prototype of its LightningStrike aircraft, an unmanned, hybrid propulsion aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing.
The "unorthodox unmanned aircraft would push the limits of technology to combine plane-like speed and helicopter-like agility into one breakthrough vehicle," according to the DARPA website.
Singh said Aurora has developed an "out-of-the-box solution to overcome the challenges of vertical flight platforms".
Aurora is also working on Naval and marine projects to create an autonomous flight system that can be retrofitted to existing aircraft. The system would give a Marine on the ground "the ability to request a supply delivery via helicopter, which flies to their location with minimal human assistance and autonomously land in an austere, possibly hostile landing zone," according to Aurora officials.
Singh said the next step is to explore a CRADA, or cooperative research and development agreement, which is an agreement between a government agency and a private company to work together on R&D.
The two organizations hope to move forward on the partnership. After initial discussions, Aurora provided white papers for the Army to review.
"We'll identify individual areas for each party to contribute and then develop a CRADA mechanism to identify individual responsibilities," Singh said. "We'll work together to create a plan to continue advancing the work that has been done with the significant DOD investment".
Aurora Flight Sciences recently tested a system that allows traditional helicopters to fly unmanned. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, a kit that attaches to full-scale rotary-wing aircraft and allows them to fly in and out of austere landing zones with little human assistance, was attached to a Bell 206 helicopter on May 25 and flown around Bealeton, Va
Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully demonstrated its LightningStrike, Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL x-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at a US military facility. The flight of the subscale aircraft met an important DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of the aerodynamic design and flight control system
Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has won a contract to develop Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencys (DARPA) SideArm launch and recovery system Tuesday. Demonstration of the SideArm technology was a key part of Aurora's work on the Tactically Enhanced Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program
MANASSAS, VA --- Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that it has been selected to support the Air Vehicle Integration and Technology Research (AVIATR) program from the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).>> The objective of the AVIATR Program is to conduct research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition new air vehicle technologies and systems that will provide affordable, revolutionary capabilities to the warfighter
The US Office of Naval Research has completed the final helicopter flight demonstration with autonomous capability as part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS is a partnership between ONR and technology company Aurora Flight Sciences
Boeing has completed the acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms and autonomous systems. Aurora will operate under Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology as a subsidiary called Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company
Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has teamed up with ST Kinetics and CMI Defence to develop combat vehicle prototypes for the U.S
Boeing has acquired an autonomous systems technologies provider, Aurora Flight Sciences under an agreement signed by the companies. "The combined strength and innovation of our teams will advance the development of autonomy for our commercial and military systems," said Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer and senior vice president of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology
US Watervliet Arsenal is working on incorporating chrome plating into the manufacture of the 155mm M777A2 howitzer developed with the Marine Corps. Recently Watervliet Arsenal has won US Army contract to manufacture more than 100 M776 Full-Bore Chrome Tubes for the lightweight 155mm towed-howitzer system, the M777A2
US Army Paratroopers ‘Black Falcon at Fort Bragg have completed durability testing with the Joint Effects Targeting System for forward observers calling in artillery and airstrikes. "Operational testing provides soldiers the opportunity to use, work with and offer up their suggestions on pieces of equipment that can impact development of systems those future soldiers will use in combat," director of Army Airborne testing Col
KRET To Showcase Helmet-mounted Display For ‘Night Hunter’ Helicopters At HeliRussia-2018
Leonardo Demonstrates first Satellite-controlled MALE-class Drone
Saab to Upgrade Swedish Gripen C/D System
Taiwan to Modernize 30-year Old Submarines
US Approves Sale of 12 Bell AH-1Z Attack Helicopters to Bahrain for...
Russia Ready to Upgrade Indian IL-76/78 Airlift Aircraft
Northrop Grumman To Provide Abrams M1 Eyesafe Laser Rangefinder For Morocco
Dassault to Lead Franco-German Future Combat Air System
One of the most interesting exhibits at the Dubai Air show 2017 occupies a corner in the Aviation Industries Corporation...
While investigators in India are following up on the money trial in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter scandal, the leads as...
With over 451 submarines in service worldwide, the global market of submarines fleet is expected to surge up to $100...
Amid the proliferation of real-time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional...
Helmets for pilots and ground troops do much more than stopping bullets
As the role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) expands from traditional low-resolution reconnaissance to high-res video and infra-red besides precision-attack,...