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Friday, August 18, 2006

Update on Sikorsky’s X-2 Technology Demonstrator

Look for Sikorsky’s coaxial X-2 Technology Demonstrator to make its first ground run in October. The company and its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary are developing the fly-by-wire aircraft to prove that a rotorcraft can fly at 250 kt. or more and still retain all the vertical flight and hover capabilities of a traditional rotorcraft. Their goal is to fly the aircraft by year’s end. The first ground run will look to verify the integration of the aircraft’s drive train, which will distribute power between the main rotors and an aft propulsor at different levels during different flight phases. It also would seek to verify that the connectivity of the fly-by-wire software.

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