DARPA's Revolutionary New VTOL X-Plane Design Looks Out Of This World

DARPA’s VTOL X-plane initiative takes a cocktail of totally innovative technologies and puts them together in one aircraft design that could very well solve some of the chronic limitations of vertical takeoff and landing capable aircraft. Oh, and it’s a design so radical it looks like something that may not be from…

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DARPA's Vertical Take Off And Landing Combat Drone Could Revolutionize Naval Combat

Northrop Grumman scored another win this last year after its Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) concept was tapped for full-scale demonstration. The DARPA and Office of Naval Research-led program seeks to give Navy surface combatants, like destroyers and Littoral Combat Ships, fixed-wing aircraft…

This Highlight Reel Of NASA's Morpheus Lander Is Almost Out Of This World

NASA’s Morpheus vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft fulfills many science fiction dreams of the last 60 or so years. Maybe one day a scaled-up cousin of it will be able to service extraterrestrial bodies in our solar system. Until then, it is just really cool to watch this thing takeoff, pick a landing spot all…

Diamond's Hybrid Electric Quad Tiltrotor For Civilians Looks Pretty Amazing

Tiltrotors seem to be all the rage these days, with the first civilian example moving steadily closer to production. Even the White House is using them! And now, Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft has announced plans to bring a hybrid electric tiltrotor to the civilian market, and they’re already teasing us with…