Conventional aircraft are generally designed and optimized for a single mission. Our engineers are changing the game of future aircraft development with a Variable Camber Compliant Wing (VCCW). This groundbreaking technology has the potential to enable a wing to morph its shape to flight conditions. VCCW demonstrated enhanced maneuverability that can increase wingspan without structural weight penalty, reduce drag, reduce noise, and maximize mission range by more than 10%. This technology may also control a tailless aircraft in roll, pitch, and yaw using continuous lift and drag distributions, which would reduce antenna signature by removing the vertical tail.
Shape Adaptable Morphing Wing Technology
X-60A Hypersonic Flight Research Vehicle
X-60A is an airdropped liquid rocket specifically designed for hypersonic flight research. It features tailorable trajectories at hypersonic speeds and flight conditions.
The X-60A rocket vehicle propulsion system is a Hadley liquid rocket engine, which utilizes liquid oxygen and kerosene propellants. The system provides affordable and regular access to high dynamic pressure flight conditions spanning from Mach 5 to Mach 8. In addition, altitudes of 70kft – 130kft are achievable.
The X-60A has an adjustable front end and flight profile to meet the needs of the particular technology under development.
Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance
Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) is a software update that prevents an aircraft from impacting the ground by automatically pulling the aircraft up before an accident can occur. Auto GCAS has been flight tested and integrated on many F-16s. Since September 2014, Auto GCAS is credited with saving six aircraft and seven pilots. Seventy-five percent of F-16 fatalities are Controlled Flight into Terrain. Our Auto GCAS can prevent 98 percent of these. This technology is planned to be transitioned to the F-35 as soon as possible to continue to save the lives of our pilots.