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DARPA Asks for a Flying Car, Gets a Dual-Rotor Road Warrior Turned Helo
Popular Science ^ | 7/13/2010 | Clay Dillow

Posted on 07/14/2010 10:37:51 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Just after the new year, DARPA put out a broad agency announcement requesting a flying car, specifically a one-to four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can negotiate off-road conditions as well as take to the skies. Today, Fort Worth-based AVX Aircraft has responded with a proposal, releasing some mock-ups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft that’s also road-ready.

AVX says the four-seater will be able to carry a 1,040-lb. payload 250 miles on a single tank of fuel, peaking at 80 miles per hour over land and 140 miles per hour in the air. It’s coaxial rotor design would certainly satisfy the vertical take-off and landing requirement, and at least the sketches make it look off-road rugged. Unfolding the rotor blades for flight should convert the vehicle from road warrior to aircraft in just one minute.

Of course, sketches are only sketches and it will be interesting to see if AVX can flesh this design out into a practical battlefield vehicle that reliably complies with the written laws of physics and the unwritten practicalities of combat. But as concepts go this one is pretty cool. Feel free to pull the pic above into Photoshop and add the air-to-surface armaments of your choice

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; battlefield; darpa; dfens; flyingcar; helicopter; science

1 posted on 07/14/2010 10:37:56 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove


2 posted on 07/14/2010 10:42:36 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: sonofstrangelove

It looks like one of those contraptions that is mediocre at best at either of it’s dual uses. Fancy spork.


3 posted on 07/14/2010 10:51:18 PM PDT by BlueStateMadness (Two commonly violated premises: you can save people from themselves, and the free lunch myth)
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To: BlueStateMadness

I would like one


4 posted on 07/14/2010 10:52:10 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; Mr. Mojo; James C. Bennett; mowowie; Captain Beyond; darkwing104; JRios1968; ...

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5 posted on 07/14/2010 10:54:43 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: BlueStateMadness

Fancy spork is a good one. Rotors sure aren’t protected.


6 posted on 07/14/2010 10:59:48 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Ditto. I definitely want one.


7 posted on 07/14/2010 11:01:16 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Well, of all the flying car designs I’ve seen since the 1950s(and they had one or two back then)this is the most unique.


8 posted on 07/14/2010 11:16:52 PM PDT by calex59
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To: KoRn

I’d say they need something more in line with a harrier instead of a helicopter. Those blades would take a beating during combat or a rollover.


9 posted on 07/14/2010 11:24:21 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: KoRn

Nothing new here. This thing is nothing more than a fancy autogyro.


10 posted on 07/14/2010 11:30:15 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: sonofstrangelove
Those are concept drawings.

THIS IS REAL, and AFFORDABLE.


11 posted on 07/14/2010 11:33:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: KoRn

A carlicopter.


12 posted on 07/14/2010 11:36:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: UCANSEE2

A fan-and-sailmobile?


13 posted on 07/14/2010 11:37:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: calex59
Well, of all the flying car designs I’ve seen since the 1950s(and they had one or two back then)this is the most unique.

Actually, it's not. It actually resembles the designs from the 50's and 60's, and was originally done by the Germans back in the 40's.

Here's my favorite flying car.


14 posted on 07/14/2010 11:41:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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15 posted on 07/14/2010 11:42:06 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: calex59

I’ll have to restate that as I was first only looking at the style, and not the drivetrain. Other than being butt ugly, you are correct, it is rather unique.


16 posted on 07/14/2010 11:44:50 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: TheThinker

The parked blades are in the open in this demo model, but there’s no particular reason they can’t retract into a protective shroud.


17 posted on 07/14/2010 11:45:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yeah, vertical engines might be difficult to both place and make work without adding wings. And if one could make it float...


18 posted on 07/14/2010 11:49:35 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: TheThinker

Low floating might be achievable by having a set of fans beneath. Then the unit would be able to skim over fairly flat terrain, or calm water, without the need to take to the air with its blades.


19 posted on 07/14/2010 11:53:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It's called a SKYCAR bio-fueled parajet.

What's even more available, and much cheaper, is the same thing without the car.

POWERED PARASAILS


20 posted on 07/14/2010 11:57:35 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: sonofstrangelove

One RPG, no more flying car. Heck, even small arms fire is likely to take this thing down. Non-starter.


21 posted on 07/15/2010 12:00:45 AM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: UCANSEE2

Bio-fueled! It’s green, even.

(I found out that my 1-cylinder Yard-Man lawn mower runs great on straight ethanol the other day, when a can of if was handy and the gas was not.)

That contraption looks great for sport, but I’d hate to have to count on it for any kind of travel. Too easy to tangle the sail cords up in something, and how do you manage the sail once on terra firma?


22 posted on 07/15/2010 12:02:11 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: sonofstrangelove

Popular Science magazine’s corporate charter requires a minimum of one future-flying-car article per year.


23 posted on 07/15/2010 12:46:51 AM PDT by Dagnabitt ("Obama" - Swahili for Fail)
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To: KoRn

oH NO, not another damn thing with helodystropy. Use jet propulsion like the Harrier, much faster. Helicopters are so easy to knock down.


24 posted on 07/15/2010 12:55:52 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Dagnabitt

Then I am glad I posteed it


25 posted on 07/15/2010 1:31:54 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: UCANSEE2

That’s just anti-gravity at work. The Duke of Hazzard had a real flying car.


26 posted on 07/15/2010 3:11:18 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Now that’s what the Corvair should have been!


27 posted on 07/15/2010 3:18:45 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Just needs a flux capacitor and the universe is the limit.


28 posted on 07/15/2010 4:18:43 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (George W. Bush was the last conservative democrat)
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To: Doug Loss

Agreed, a huge waste of money.


29 posted on 07/15/2010 8:30:26 AM PDT by cranked
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To: UCANSEE2
It's not safe for soldiers but DARPA could mount an autonoumous robot sniper rifle on that contraption. 100 of these could fly into a city, set up roving robot snipers on every road while also flying slow overhead, and pin down the entire city. The sound from incoming enemy shots could be triangulated to direct bombing runs. A city could be taken over at the push of a button with no loss of American life.


30 posted on 07/15/2010 8:58:09 AM PDT by Reeses (Sowcialist: a voter bought with food stamps)
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To: sonofstrangelove; Perdogg; Kevmo; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ...
Thanks sonofstrangelove.
Google

31 posted on 07/18/2010 10:01:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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