What was once a program to demonstrate a flying jeep has a new direction and a new name. Formerly called Transformer, the U.S. Defense Advanced Project Agency’s rechristened Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded Systems (ARES) program will now demonstrate a modular, unmanned vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) delivery system. Under Phase 3 of the program, which began in January, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and partner Piasecki Aircraft will build and fly a prototype of the ducted-fan UAV. ...


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