DARPA's New Vertical Take-Off Aircraft Concept Looks Totally Badass

Yesterday, DARPA unveiled the latest concept design for its new vertical take-off and landing craft. And hell this electric airplane look impressive.


DARPA has in fact awarded the second phase of its design contract to the concept, which has been created by Aurora Flight Sciences. Called X-Plane, it will use a 4,000 horsepower engine—actually the same one as is in the existing VTOL craft the V-22 Osprey, according to Engadget—to create 3 megawatts of electricity. In turn, that will be used to power 24 fans dotted along the airframe to create thrust.

The result? Hopefully flight speeds of between 300 and 400 knots and the ability to carry payloads that make up 40 percent of its expected 10,000-pound total weight. And an airplane that looks totally badass, of course.


[DARPA via Engadget]

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Am I the only one who was surprised that it suddenly flew in the “wrong” direction? The fuselage reminded me of an Osprey that I thought I got the orientation right before it took off.