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3/27/2014
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Elena Malykhina
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DARPA Next-Gen Aircraft: Sneak Peek

Four companies vie to develop a new breed of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly twice as fast.
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Phantom SwiftIt's no surprise why DARPA chose Boeing, a leading manufacturer of fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites. The company put together a team of Boeing Phantom Works engineers in Philadelphia to create a flying subscale model for DARPA's VTOL X-Plane program. Phantom Swift is a rapid prototyping flying demonstrator, which took less than 30 days to design and develop.  

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Phantom Swift
It's no surprise why DARPA chose Boeing, a leading manufacturer of fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites. The company put together a team of Boeing Phantom Works engineers in Philadelphia to create a flying subscale model for DARPA's VTOL X-Plane program. Phantom Swift is a rapid prototyping flying demonstrator, which took less than 30 days to design and develop.

Image: Boeing Company

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J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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3/31/2014 | 10:27:01 PM
Cool
I think my favorite is the central blade/flying wing one on the upper right corner.  Maybe Amazon will adopt one of these designs to deliver my packages!  And of course it can add to all the big data  already swarming around me.
Pooua
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Pooua,
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3/27/2014 | 10:55:33 AM
Familiar Forms
One of the designs on the sheet reminds me of some aircraft I sketched out when I was in high school in the '80s. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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3/27/2014 | 9:39:15 AM
Re: So good
Yes, there's a lot more flexibility and takeoff when a runway is not required. 
Madhava verma dantuluri
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Madhava verma dantuluri,
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3/27/2014 | 8:49:50 AM
So good
Amazing technology and would be a great importance in the future.
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