DARPA Unveils X-65: Revolutionary Aircraft Redefining Flight Control
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has designated its groundbreaking aircraft as the X-65.
The X-65 aims to utilize bursts of air for active flow control, eliminating the need for traditional flight surfaces.
Active flow control (AFC) systems could enhance fuel efficiency and reduce radar signatures in aircraft design.
The X-65 will execute maneuvers without exterior-moving flight controls like flaps, rudders, ailerons, elevators, and spoilers.
Removing jointed surfaces can improve flight, reduce costs, decrease wear and tear, and enhance stealth characteristics.
Modular wing configurations will enable the integration of advanced technologies for future flight testing.
The contract with Aurora Flight Sciences marks Phase 2 of the CRANE program, involving flight software and critical design review.
The X-65 joins the prestigious lineage of "X" aircraft, including the Bell X-1 and the hypersonic X-15.
The X-65 is expected to achieve Mach .7 (537 miles per hour) and will have wings spanning up to 30 feet.
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