NASA’s 10-engine electrical UAV now flies in addition to it hovers
NASA’s ten-engine UAV, dubbed the Greased Lightning (GL-10), just lately confirmed off a slick new trick within the skies over Hampton, Virginia. The drone, which is beneath improvement by a workforce on the Langley Analysis Middle, had already handed its preliminary hovering checks final August; however that was the straightforward half. Because the lengthy and depressing improvement of the V-22 Osprey has proven, the actual problem is switching over from hover mode to standard ahead flight with out the car falling out of the sky. However on Thursday, NASA’s battery-powered tilt-rotor plane efficiently did simply that.
“Through the flight exams we efficiently transitioned from hover to wing-borne flight like a standard airplane then again to hover once more. To date we have now accomplished this on 5 flights,” aerospace engineer Invoice Fredericks stated in a press release. “We have been ecstatic. Now we’re engaged on our second aim — to reveal that this idea is 4 occasions extra aerodynamically environment friendly in cruise than a helicopter.”
Ought to the GL-10 show its aerodynamic means, the Langley group hopes to spin the know-how off into a variety of business purposes together with small package deal supply (put your hand down, Amazon) or industrial/agricultural surveillance. And as Fredericks continued, “a scaled up model–a lot bigger than what we’re testing now–would make additionally an excellent one to 4 individual measurement private air car.”
[Image credits: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman and Gary Banziger]