DARPA, which has been designing modern military equipment for many years, has for some time been unmanned, equipped with a large amount of autonomy to operate without operator supervision. This is also the VTOL X-Plane program that is entering the second phase of design.
The purpose of the VTOL X-Plane program is to develop an unmanned vertical launch pad that functions in a similar way to the V-22 Osprey, which can be adapted to mission requirements by changing engine settings, gaining greater range, or greater flight speed. The program is entering the second phase of the project, and Aurora Flight Sciences will be working on the project, which has been awarded a contract for the project.
The VTOL X-Plane assumes a top speed of 800-1000 km / h and should have a lifting capacity of 40% of its estimated mass of approximately 4800 kg.
The conceptual design will be powered by the same 4000 hp engine that comes equipped with the said V-22 Osprey and delivers 3 MW of power. The 24 rotors installed on the wings and the front ailerons that will be rotated to provide the machine with a propulsion system, as well as to allow the air to hover like a helicopter.