Skyworks Global has partnered with Scaled Composites to build a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator, the Vertijet, based on a concept developed under DARPA’s Heliplane program and inspired by the late-1950s Fairey Rotodyne. The Heliplane was canceled in 2008 before the aircraft could be built. Its developer, Groen Brothers Aviation (GBA), was subsequently acquired by technology investor Steve Stevanovich and renamed Skyworks Global in 2017.  Designed to fly at speeds up to 400 ...

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