SPINNING UP: Having awarded contracts to Boeing, Sikorsky and tilt­rotor joint-venture Bell-Boeing for Phase 1 of the Mission Adaptive Rotor (MAR) program, the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (Darpa) says it is focused on integrating and demonstrating an adaptive rotor in flight by 2018, so that the technology will be ready for the next U.S. military rotorcraft program. MAR will bring together multiple complementary technologies to change rotor attributes in flight, to ...

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