ROTORwing is the first of a new aircraft species designed to optimize both hovering and forward flight. Utilizing its patented articulating and rotating wing design, ROTORwing uses the whole wing as a highly efficient rotor that does not compromise forward flight performance characteristics when transitioned to fixed wing mode.
ROTORwing’s advanced vertical takeoff and landing (AVTOL) technology means it can operate from almost anywhere, true runway independence. ROTORwing’s efficiency allows it to carry sensors and payloads as far as conventional fixed wing aircraft. Offering three-hour (+) endurance, the Group 1 ROTORwing can accomplish a variety of missions from intelligence collection to package delivery at ranges unachievable by other VTOL aircraft. In addition, ROTORwing’s silent electric propulsion system enhances its abilities during close proximity ISR missions.
For takeoff, ROTORwing has one wing facing forward and the other tilted ~180 degrees back to face in the opposite direction. This allows the wing to spin like a rotor when power is applied. When the rotor RPM is reached, the aircraft can now be commanded to hover using the full wing/rotor for lift. A small tail-rotor is used for aircraft fuselage pointing. Therefore, a large tail-rotor is not needed to cancel engine torque like a normal helicopter because there is no torque reaction to the fuselage. The ROTORwing rotor is propelled directly by the motors on the wings. This eliminates the need for heavy and complex gearboxes, swashplates, and high-power tail rotors.
At a safe altitude, the wings are quickly tilted upwards arresting the rotor spin. Next, the rotor is locked into position, and both wings are tilted, so the engines face forward allowing ROTORwing to fly like a conventional fixed-wing airplane. For landing, the process is reversed so ROTORwing can execute a vertical landing. The transition process from hover to forward flight, as well as forward flight back to hover, only takes a few seconds with minimal altitude drop.
The detachable cargo pod is capable of carrying various payloads and is easily removed to optimize ROTORwing for ISR-based mission profiles. ROTORwing technology is scalable from the current lightweight Group 1 to much larger Group 5 UAS systems.