DARPA Eyes ‘X Prime’ Aircraft Phase To Transition Technology

DARPA plans to develop an X Prime aircraft from IARPA’s secretive Great Horned Owl ultraquiet X-plane UAV.
Credit: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
In a bid to bridge the so-called valley of death between technology demonstration and full-scale development, DARPA is exploring the concept of an “X Prime” program that would fit between an experimental X-plane and a Y-plane prototype and help transition capabilities from research to operation....
Graham Warwick

Graham leads Aviation Week's coverage of technology, focusing on engineering and technology across the aerospace industry, with a special focus on identifying technologies of strategic importance to aviation, aerospace and defense.

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