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Friday, December 19, 2008

Unmanned Rotorcraft Shifts Gears in Flight

This week, Boeing announced that its A160T Turbine Hummingbird, an unmanned rotorcraft, reached the technological goal of shifting gears in flight. “Being able to shift gears in flight is the final significant step in realizing the full potential of our optimum speed rotor technology, which enables game-changing capability for the warfighter,” said John Groenenboom, A106 program manager for Boeing. “It allows us to significantly expand the flight envelope at higher gross weights and at higher speeds, while maintaining the A160T’s world-record-setting endurance. We now have an unmanned air system with the performance of a fixed wing and the precision and versatility of a rotorcraft.” For related news

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