Friday, 16 Apr, 2010 Technology

DARPA Working on a Flying Vehicle


The new program that DARPA is currently working on is entitled "Transformer TX". It involves the creation of a flying vehicle that will be developed for the military and which will feature a vertical take-off system.

While on the ground, the car will act as an off-road SUV, and in the sky it turns into a single-engine VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft that can fly at an altitude of up to 10,000 feet, able to carry cargo weighting up to 1,000lbs (453.6 kilograms).

It is expected that the new vehicle from DARPA will be able to travel 250 miles before requiring a refill, reports The Register. The agency looks forward to use in its latest creation a hybrid electric drive, adaptive wing structures and a number of other advanced technologies. In addition, the flying vehicle will be able to perform unmanned missions.

The $45 million project is expected to be finished by 2015.

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