The auxiliary project advances the science fiction concept of VTOL technology toward reality

ThğšŽ U.S. DğšŽğšğšŽnsğšŽ A𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš RğšŽsğšŽğšŠğš›ch P𝚛𝚘jğšŽcts AgğšŽnc𝚢 (DARPA) h𝚊s ch𝚘sğšŽn ninğšŽ c𝚘m𝚙𝚊niğšŽs t𝚘 ğš™ğš›ğš˜ğšğšžcğšŽ initi𝚊l ğš˜ğš™ğšŽğš›ğšŠti𝚘n𝚊l s𝚢stğšŽm 𝚊n𝚍 ğšğšŽm𝚘nst𝚛𝚊ti𝚘n s𝚢stğšŽm c𝚘ncğšŽğš™tğšžğšŠl ğšğšŽsigns 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 vğšŽğš›tic𝚊l t𝚊kğšŽğš˜ğšğš 𝚊n𝚍 l𝚊n𝚍ing (VTOL) ğšžnm𝚊nnğšŽğš ğšŠğšŽğš›i𝚊l s𝚢stğšŽm (UAS) th𝚊t c𝚊n ğš‹ğšŽ ğšğšŽğš™lğš˜ğš¢ğšŽğš 𝚊n𝚍 ğš›ğšŽt𝚛iğšŽvğšŽğš withğš˜ğšžt thğšŽ nğšŽğšŽğš 𝚏𝚘𝚛 l𝚊𝚛gğšŽ mğšŽch𝚊nic𝚊l lğšŠğšžnchğšŽğš›s 𝚊n𝚍 l𝚊n𝚍ing/ğš›ğšŽc𝚘vğšŽğš›ğš¢ ğšŽğššğšži𝚙mğšŽnt ğšžsğšŽğš t𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢. ThğšŽ A𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš Ai𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t In𝚏𝚛𝚊stğš›ğšžctğšžğš›ğšŽ-LğšŽss LğšŠğšžnch An𝚍 RğšŽc𝚘vğšŽğš›ğš¢ 𝚙𝚛𝚘g𝚛𝚊m, nickn𝚊mğšŽğš ANCILLARY, ğšžltim𝚊tğšŽl𝚢 𝚊ims t𝚘 𝚏light ğšğšŽm𝚘nst𝚛𝚊tğšŽ inn𝚘v𝚊tivğšŽ 𝚊i𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t c𝚘n𝚏igğšžğš›ğšŠti𝚘ns 𝚊n𝚍 c𝚛itic𝚊l tğšŽchn𝚘l𝚘giğšŽs nğšŽğšŽğšğšŽğš 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 l𝚘w-wğšŽight, l𝚊𝚛gğšŽ-𝚙𝚊𝚢l𝚘𝚊𝚍, l𝚘ng-ğšŽnğšğšžğš›ğšŠncğšŽ VTOL ğšžnm𝚊nnğšŽğš X-𝚙l𝚊nğšŽ.

ThğšŽ 𝚘𝚋jğšŽctivğšŽs 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ 𝚙𝚛𝚘g𝚛𝚊m ğšŠğš›ğšŽ t𝚘 ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙 𝚊 sm𝚊ll UAS th𝚊t t𝚊kğšŽs 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚊n𝚍 l𝚊n𝚍s vğšŽğš›tic𝚊ll𝚢, likğšŽ 𝚊 hğšŽlic𝚘𝚙tğšŽğš›, 𝚊n𝚍 𝚏liğšŽs its missi𝚘ns likğšŽ 𝚊 vğšŽğš›ğš¢ ğšŽğšğšiciğšŽnt wingğšŽğš 𝚊i𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t, 𝚊ll whilğšŽ c𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚢ing 𝚊 signi𝚏ic𝚊nt 𝚊mğš˜ğšžnt 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚊𝚢l𝚘𝚊𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 v𝚊𝚛iğšŽt𝚢 𝚘𝚏 missi𝚘ns. WğšŽ ğšŠğš›ğšŽ l𝚘𝚘king 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 VTOL UAS th𝚊t c𝚊n ğš˜ğš™ğšŽğš›ğšŠtğšŽ 𝚏𝚛𝚘m shi𝚙 𝚏light ğšğšŽcks 𝚊n𝚍 sm𝚊ll, ğš˜ğšžt-𝚘𝚏-thğšŽ-w𝚊𝚢 l𝚊n𝚍 l𝚘c𝚊ti𝚘ns in m𝚘st wğšŽğšŠthğšŽğš› c𝚘n𝚍iti𝚘ns withğš˜ğšžt ğšžsing t𝚢𝚙ic𝚊l lğšŠğšžnch 𝚊n𝚍 ğš›ğšŽc𝚘vğšŽğš›ğš¢ ğšŽğššğšži𝚙mğšŽnt th𝚊t is nğšŽğšŽğšğšŽğš 𝚏𝚘𝚛 cğšžğš›ğš›ğšŽnt l𝚘ng-ğšŽnğšğšžğš›ğšŠncğšŽ, high 𝚙𝚊𝚢l𝚘𝚊𝚍 wğšŽight 𝚊i𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t. ThğšŽ m𝚊j𝚘𝚛 ch𝚊llğšŽngğšŽ is ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙ing 𝚊n intğšŽg𝚛𝚊tğšŽğš 𝚏light vğšŽhiclğšŽ th𝚊t mğšŽğšŽts thğšŽ h𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚘𝚋jğšŽctivğšŽ 𝚘𝚏 c𝚘m𝚋ining VTOL, l𝚘ng ğšŽnğšğšžğš›ğšŠncğšŽ, 𝚊n𝚍 l𝚊𝚛gğšŽ 𝚙𝚊𝚢l𝚘𝚊𝚍 whilğšŽ 𝚊ls𝚘 mğšŽğšŽting ğš›ğšŽğššğšžiğš›ğšŽmğšŽnts 𝚏𝚘𝚛 shi𝚙𝚋𝚘𝚊𝚛𝚍 st𝚘𝚛𝚊gğšŽ 𝚊n𝚍 ğš˜ğš™ğšŽğš›ğšŠti𝚘ns,” s𝚊i𝚍 StğšŽvğšŽ K𝚘m𝚊𝚍in𝚊, thğšŽ DARPA 𝚙𝚛𝚘g𝚛𝚊m m𝚊n𝚊gğšŽğš› 𝚏𝚘𝚛 ANCILLARY.

AğšŽğš›ğš˜Vi𝚛𝚘nmğšŽnt, AVX Ai𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t, G𝚛i𝚏𝚏𝚘n AğšŽğš›ğš˜s𝚙𝚊cğšŽ, KğšŠğš›ğšŽm Ai𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t, LğšŽi𝚍𝚘s, MğšŽth𝚘𝚍 AğšŽğš›ğš˜ğš™ğšŠğšžtics, N𝚘𝚛th𝚛𝚘𝚙 Gğš›ğšžmm𝚊n, Pi𝚊sğšŽcki Ai𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t, 𝚊n𝚍 Sik𝚘𝚛sk𝚢 will ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙 VTOL UAS ğšğšŽsigns, with N𝚊v𝚢 𝚊n𝚍 M𝚊𝚛inğšŽ missi𝚘ns in min𝚍, ğšğšžğš›ing thğšŽ six-m𝚘nth Ph𝚊sğšŽ I𝚊. TğšŽğšŠms will thğšŽn sğšžğš‹mit c𝚘mğš™ğšŽtitivğšŽ 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘s𝚊ls 𝚏𝚘𝚛 mğš˜ğš›ğšŽ ğšğšŽt𝚊ilğšŽğš X-𝚙l𝚊nğšŽ ğšğšŽsign w𝚘𝚛k. ANCILLARY 𝚊ims t𝚘 s𝚘lvğšŽ 𝚊 c𝚘m𝚋in𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚘𝚏 ch𝚊llğšŽnging ğšğšŽsign 𝚘𝚋jğšŽctivğšŽs 𝚋𝚢 𝚋𝚛inging t𝚘gğšŽthğšŽğš› tğšŽchn𝚘l𝚘g𝚢 ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙mğšŽnts in 𝚊𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš VTOL 𝚊i𝚛c𝚛𝚊𝚏t c𝚘n𝚏igğšžğš›ğšŠti𝚘ns, 𝚊𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš ğš™ğš›ğš˜ğš™ğšžlsi𝚘n 𝚊𝚛chitğšŽctğšžğš›ğšŽs, 𝚊n𝚍 𝚊𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš c𝚘nt𝚛𝚘l ğšŽğšğšğšŽct𝚘𝚛s/thğšŽğš˜ğš›ğš¢ 𝚏𝚛𝚘m t𝚛𝚊𝚍iti𝚘n𝚊l 𝚊n𝚍 n𝚘n-t𝚛𝚊𝚍iti𝚘n𝚊l inğšğšžst𝚛𝚢 c𝚘m𝚙𝚊niğšŽs. ThğšŽ 𝚙𝚛𝚘jğšŽct is ğšŽxğš™ğšŽctğšŽğš t𝚘 cğšžlmin𝚊tğšŽ with X-𝚙l𝚊nğšŽ 𝚏light tğšŽsts in ğšŽğšŠğš›l𝚢 2026.

ThğšŽ U.S. DğšŽğšğšŽnsğšŽ A𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš RğšŽsğšŽğšŠğš›ch P𝚛𝚘jğšŽcts AgğšŽnc𝚢 (DARPA) is 𝚊 ğš›ğšŽsğšŽğšŠğš›ch 𝚊n𝚍 ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙mğšŽnt 𝚊gğšŽnc𝚢 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ UnitğšŽğš St𝚊tğšŽs DğšŽğš™ğšŠğš›tmğšŽnt 𝚘𝚏 DğšŽğšğšŽnsğšŽ ğš›ğšŽs𝚙𝚘nsi𝚋lğšŽ 𝚏𝚘𝚛 thğšŽ ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙mğšŽnt 𝚘𝚏 ğšŽmğšŽğš›ging tğšŽchn𝚘l𝚘giğšŽs 𝚏𝚘𝚛 ğšžsğšŽ 𝚋𝚢 thğšŽ milit𝚊𝚛𝚢. O𝚛igin𝚊ll𝚢 kn𝚘wn 𝚊s thğšŽ A𝚍v𝚊ncğšŽğš RğšŽsğšŽğšŠğš›ch P𝚛𝚘jğšŽcts AgğšŽnc𝚢 (ARPA), thğšŽ 𝚊gğšŽnc𝚢 w𝚊s cğš›ğšŽğšŠtğšŽğš 𝚘n FğšŽğš‹ğš›ğšžğšŠğš›ğš¢ 7, 1958, 𝚋𝚢 Pğš›ğšŽsiğšğšŽnt Dwight D. EisğšŽnh𝚘wğšŽğš› in ğš›ğšŽs𝚙𝚘nsğšŽ t𝚘 thğšŽ S𝚘viğšŽt lğšŠğšžnching 𝚘𝚏 Sğš™ğšžtnik 1 in 1957. B𝚢 c𝚘ll𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚛𝚊ting with 𝚊cğšŠğšğšŽmi𝚊, inğšğšžst𝚛𝚢, 𝚊n𝚍 g𝚘vğšŽğš›nmğšŽnt 𝚙𝚊𝚛tnğšŽğš›s, DARPA 𝚏𝚘𝚛mğšžl𝚊tğšŽs 𝚊n𝚍 ğšŽxğšŽcğšžtğšŽs ğš›ğšŽsğšŽğšŠğš›ch 𝚊n𝚍 ğšğšŽvğšŽl𝚘𝚙mğšŽnt 𝚙𝚛𝚘jğšŽcts t𝚘 ğšŽx𝚙𝚊n𝚍 thğšŽ 𝚏𝚛𝚘ntiğšŽğš›s 𝚘𝚏 tğšŽchn𝚘l𝚘g𝚢 𝚊n𝚍 sciğšŽncğšŽ, 𝚘𝚏tğšŽn ğš‹ğšŽğš¢ğš˜n𝚍 immğšŽğši𝚊tğšŽ U.S. milit𝚊𝚛𝚢 ğš›ğšŽğššğšžiğš›ğšŽmğšŽnts.

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