Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to provide innovative cross-pollination between fixed-wing and rotary-wing technologies and by developing and integrating novel subsystems to enable radical improvements in vertical and cruising flight capabilities. This is a concept Phase 2 of the Aurora Lightning Strike aircraft. DARPA VTOL X-Plane program will involve design, development, and integration, and the third phase will involve flight-test demonstrations. Aurora is working with team members Rolls-Royce PLC in Manchester, England, and Honeywell International Inc. in Morris Plains, N.J., on the VTOL X-Plane project.
The Future of Aircrafts: DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane Aurora Lightning Strike Phase 2