Watch: Aurora Flies Subscale Model Hybrid-Electric VTOL Aircraft

April 19, 2016 7:48 AM

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Aurora Flight Sciences has flown a subscale model of its LightningStrike hybrid-electric distributed propulsion vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) experimental aircraft, selected in March to be Darpa's high-speed VTOL X-Plane.

The hover flight of the 20%-scale battery-powered model “met an important Darpa risk-reduction requirement, focusing on validation of the aerodynamic design and flight control system,” the company says.

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