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Here is Pentagonís Future Tilt-Rotor Drone
The Avionist ^ | February 13, 2014 | David Cenciotti

Posted on 02/14/2014 3:17:52 PM PST by Seizethecarp

According to Darpa “ARES is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight module designed to operate as an unmanned platform capable of transporting a variety of payloads. The ARES VTOL flight module is designed to have its own power system, fuel, digital flight controls and remote command-and-control interfaces. Twin tilting ducted fans will provide efficient hovering and landing capabilities in a compact configuration, with rapid conversion to high-speed cruise flight.”

ARES is the transformer-like, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) capable to move between an airport, a warship, or an improvised landing zone and the battlefield, and perform a wide variety of missions, including cargo transportation, casualties evacuation as well as Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

In other words, ARES will replace the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and a few other platforms.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaviationist.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ares; drone; tiltrotor; vtol

1 posted on 02/14/2014 3:17:52 PM PST by Seizethecarp
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To: Seizethecarp

SKYNET


2 posted on 02/14/2014 3:20:13 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Seizethecarp

“In other words, ARES will replace the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and a few other platforms.”

Seems a bit of a stretch!

V-22 has extensive personnel-carrying missions, which aren’t contemplated to be entrusted to pilotless aircraft in the near future, as far as I know.


3 posted on 02/14/2014 3:20:19 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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4 posted on 02/14/2014 3:24:31 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Seizethecarp

I wonder if they plan on using them for replenishment of supplies. Beans and bullets to the front line guys.


5 posted on 02/14/2014 3:27:36 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: The Working Man

I’ve got to think AEW (radar, ship stays EMCON, drone takes off, flies off/up, lights up), ASW (dipping sonar, dropping sonabuoys, dropping Mk 50 or 54 aerial torpedos), would be more likely.

Just a guess, though.


6 posted on 02/14/2014 3:33:43 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Seizethecarp

Will the drones deliver roses on Valentine’s Day to a few mosques in the country? You know, for tolerance.


7 posted on 02/14/2014 3:44:29 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: The Working Man

“I wonder if they plan on using them for replenishment of supplies. Beans and bullets to the front line guys.”

The second Pentagon-approved representation at the link seems to depict that!


8 posted on 02/14/2014 3:47:33 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: Seizethecarp

Yuck, I’ve got a better design than that.


9 posted on 02/14/2014 4:02:31 PM PST by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Seizethecarp

aerodynamically this thing sucks IF it they really plan in using the artist’s conception as the basis


10 posted on 02/14/2014 4:03:46 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Seizethecarp
Apparently they couldn't give it enough drag - all those protrusions hanging out in the breeze.

At least they finally agree that Custer's Channel Wing is a good idea..

11 posted on 02/14/2014 4:31:42 PM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Nifster

I thought that it looked like a modular design, and the article calls it a “module”, so I thought I’d check the DARPA site. According to the DARPA site, it will be a modular design. The wing/fans/engines/fuel/control module will be able to attach to several different “mission modules”, depending on the requirements of the mission. That design provides a lot of valuable flexibility. Impressive.


12 posted on 02/14/2014 4:32:20 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Seizethecarp
casualties evacuation

Getting airlifted from near a fire zone in an unmanned craft? They would have to put me out first!

13 posted on 02/14/2014 4:41:27 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

And it doesn’t exist yet. Criminitly you cannot have some artist give you a pretty picture and then just magically say to the engineers, hey make it work. That never turns out well.

As pictured this is a hot mess


14 posted on 02/14/2014 7:00:56 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster
I agree with everything you said in your first paragraph. However, we were discussing the design concept. I disagree with your concluding sentence. If the drone is built, the modular "transformer" design will be very useful.
15 posted on 02/15/2014 12:01:28 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Won’t be built because as presented it won’t fly


16 posted on 02/15/2014 12:09:58 AM PST by Nifster
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17 posted on 02/15/2014 12:41:17 AM PST by PLMerite
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To: The Working Man
I wonder if they plan on using them for replenishment of supplies. Beans and bullets to the front line guys.

More likely to get hi-rez pics of the guys breaking some ROE that puts them at hi-risk...

18 posted on 02/15/2014 3:53:39 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Nifster

A lot of people said that about the Osprey. (I won’t mention bumble bees.)


19 posted on 02/15/2014 11:09:33 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

And I was not one of them.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 12:25:07 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Never meant to imply that you were.

You might be right about this imagined new drone. Just as Popular Science has been publishing cover stories about flying cars for over 50 years (and, thankfully, none of them are buzzing my neighbourhood yet); this may be nothing but hype.

OTOH, DARPA has a pretty good track record; and when it comes to tech, I’ve learned to never say never.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 2:47:08 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Oh I won’t say never. DARPA has and does interesting work. I do think that the engineers will come up with something modular that will meet somebody’s specs. We have good ones even now.

My snarky comments were more directed at the ‘artist’s conception’. They have been off the mark more than on.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 7:30:51 PM PST by Nifster
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