Friday, October 14, 2016
New Vertical Take Off Aircraft
Planes have been around for more than 100 years. The first modern helicopter first flew over 80 years ago. For the last 60 years engineers have tried to combine the advantages of both but currently only the V-22 Osprey is in production. Elytron will be the first to deliver aircrafts that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly with fixed wings at speeds unattainable by helicopters all with greatly reduced complexity and cost compared to any existing tilt or rotary wing aircraft. After 10 years of research into convertiplane wing and lift design, a box wing design with central prop-rotors was chosen providing aerodynamically clean vectored thrust.
For the past 60 years, engineers have tried to combine the advantages of airplanes and helicopters, but currently the Boeing V-22 Osprey is the sole realization to be in production. The Elytron family of aircraft is designed to provide the vertical take-off and landing capability of helicopters combined with the speed and efficiency advantages of fixed wing aircraft. Elytron’s solution provides greater safety, speed, and simplicity of operation over any existing class of vertical take-off aircraft which makes it ideally suited for various uses, such as emergency medical services, search and rescue, air taxi, and oil exploration. The concept for the Elytron design has evolved over a 10-year period during which Elytron Aircraft LLC experimented with several quarter-scale convertiplanes, as well as full-size airframe modeling, extended flight simulations, and CFD simulations. The popular Verticopter flying-wing design with in-wing propulsion was the most successful of these prototypes but still had aerodynamic limitations. In 2012, Elytron Aircraft LLC invented a new and optimized wing configuration that addressed all of the earlier design shortcomings.