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The US Air Force supports Valkyrie's high-speed, amphibious jet-powered eVTOL

By: April Carson

Valkyrie Techniques Aerospace, a Reno-based firm that specializes on VTOL aircraft and watercraft, has received a research grant from the US Air Drive to further develop its fantastic HoverJet Guardian concept, which combines electrical VTOL and high-speed jet cruise with amphibious and hover capabilities.

The VTOL jet-powered craft will give an inherent advantage in deploying anywhere quickly and safely, without requiring a runway or other prepared landing region, the firm said. With optimal speed to be attained within its gilled propulsion system, HoverJet Guardian avoids potential environmental effects seen by similar jets that move, like the V–22 Osprey at low speed.

The USAF's AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) idea competition challenges the military to consider various personal businesses seeking for ideas that might lead to future VTOL aircraft capable of flying considerably faster than existing VTOL planes like the V-22 Osprey.

The Valkyrie concept for the HoverJet Guardian appears to function. In essence, it resembles a powerful, piloted jet aircraft with an electrical VTOL system installed.

The VTOL aircraft appears to rely on a quadcopter design, with 4 props (or perhaps eight mounted coaxially) hidden in the aircraft's fat wings. These get it off the bottom in an acceptable way, but then a pair of Pratt & Whitney 545c turbofan engines take over, accounting for a combined 8200 kilos of horizontal power.

According to Valkyrie, the final product is a cruise speed of 340 mph (547 km/h), a transonic prime dash speed of 700 mph (1,127 km/h), and a 15-hour endurance at altitudes as high as 40,000 feet.

The turkey vulture isn't just huge; it's enormous. It measures 24 x 30 x 6 ft (7.3 x 9.1 x 1.8 m), weighing about 4,200 lb (1,905 kg) when empty. The Guardian must be lifted by the VTOL system at a maximum takeoff weight of 12,000 lb (5,443 kg) with gas, a pilot and/or up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of freight included.

This is considerably heavier, for example, than the Joby S4, which is advertised to be round 8,820 lb (4,000 kg), and it utilizes fewer big propellers. As a result these props will have to work very hard. In any case since it will operate entirely on jet fuel, power storage won't be an issue, and the electrical programs may be tuned for optimum energy rather than effectiveness.

These are just a few of the items that will be included on your desk. Although excessive-speed VTOL won't contain all of these features, they will be important. The Guardian, as well as its little sibling, the Eagle UAV, is said to be able to land on water and provide "three modes of operation: plane, hovercraft, and amphibious." It's a bit of an adventure figuring out how the hovercraft mode works at this level, but a VTOL plane that can takeoff and land virtually anyplace and then flirt with the sound barrier as soon as it's in the air would clearly come in handy.

“The patented thrust vector management system, unique experience that allows it to operate in almost any terrain and/or opposed circumstances, distinguishes the Eagle from other machines.” Valkyrie adds.

Even if the planes are "a product of over 25 years of engineering, testing and refinement, comprising seven generations of technological development," it's impossible to tell how far they've progressed since the beginning because the firm hasn't revealed how much AFWERX is offering in its "market analysis financing" or made any prototypes available to view. Even if Valkyrie claims that the planes are "a product of over 25 years of engineering, testing and refinement, comprising seven generations of technological development," it's impossible to tell how far they've come since the start.

The money will allow Valkyrie to continue working on the concept for the next six months, collaborating with the USAF, USSOCOM, and, who is managing the HSVTOL concept issue.

“The HSVTOL Idea Problem has raised a strong range and caliber of possibilities to assist us figure out how to build a new class of air cars,” said Dr. Reid Melville, Chief Innovation Officer at the Air Drive Analysis Laboratory Transformational Capabilities Workplace. “At this time, we think the businesses selected for market research investments have the potential to deliver truly game-changing innovation.”

Valkyrie, is one of the most strongly-backed corporations in the HSVTOL market analysis. The start-up firm has already raised $30 million from capital, and is backed by Alphabet’s X division for overseeing moonshots. Valkyrie’s eVTOL business jet would be capable of reaching speeds up to 400 miles per hour, and would be able to deploy from the Pentagon’s ground force bases with an unmanned aerial automobile (UAV).

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