Aurora Flight Sciences has shown through subscale tests that the unconventional configuration of its XV-24A LightningStrike can take off vertically, hover, transition to forward flight and back to a vertical landing. This has reduced some of the risks in the full-scale demonstrator planned to fly in late 2018 under DARPA’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane program. The milestone was achieved using the same flight control system planned for the full-size XV-24A, which will ...

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