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AgustaWestland Introduces Project Zero Convertiplane


AgustaWestland company Finmeccanica announced on March 5 of 2013 of the launch of the Project Zero helicopter technology demonstrator, making it possible to understand how such a machine might look like in the future. It was far from working on paper. The technology demonstrator was designed and built in less than 6 months and has already secretly completed several flight tests in the 2011 and 2012 years, demonstrating AgustaWestland's advanced rotary-wing technology.

The technology demonstrator with a rotary rotor is equipped with an all-electric drive, capable of taking off like a helicopter and making horizontal flight on an aircraft basis, thanks to its two built-in rotors turning more than 90 degrees. The demonstrator made its first wired unmanned flight in June 2011 of the year in the center of AgustaWestland in Cascina Costa in Italy, and since then radio-controlled flights have been conducted inside the safe zone.

AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti (Daniele Romiti) said: “The Project Zero technology demonstrator program brings together many advanced technologies that AgustaWestland has been engaged in in recent years and demonstrates our strong technology base, on the basis of which we will develop of our customers. We firmly believe in the concept of a rotary rotor as the future of high-speed rotary-wing machines, as it provides a much greater speed and range than the trad helicopters. "

“This is a remarkable achievement by the AgustaWestland Advanced Concepts Group. A team of passionate and brilliant engineers worked very hard on a secure facility to understand, design, create and test this technology demonstrator in an exceptionally short period of time,” said Dr. James Wang, Vice-President for Research and Technology at AgustaWestland. This team lives with dreams, and if they have any dreams, they can make it happen. The team does not just build airplanes or electric helicopters, it would be too easy They strained all their forces and built an electric tiltrotor with a double rotor, without a transmission or a swashplate. "

AgustaWestland Introduces Project Zero Convertiplane

The rotors of the demonstrator are powered by advanced electric motors powered by batteries; future hybrid solutions were also explored using a diesel engine as a generator drive. All aircraft control systems, flight control and landing gear are equipped with electric actuators, eliminating the need for any hydraulic system.

The wings provide most of the lift during flight, the fuselage and fairing also contribute. Project Zero was designed with removable outer wings for tasks that require helicopter mode first. The elevons provide pitch and roll control in level flight, while a V-shaped tail provides longitudinal stability. In flight, the tiltrotor has very low noise levels and thermal visibility and does not require oxygen; this allows it to fly at high altitude or in highly polluted conditions, such as during volcanic eruptions. Being on the ground, the tiltrotor can deploy its rotors in the wind, so as to recharge the electrical devices of the device. Electric drive systems also have the advantage that they do not require a complex and heavy transmission system installed on conventional rotary-wing machines.

Currently, the Project Zero technology demonstrator program is fully funded from AgustaWestland’s own funds as part of its ongoing research and development.
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  1. Denis
    Denis 20 March 2013 09: 33
    It's a shame, but where is the Yak-141 or Mi-30?
    1. queen
      queen 20 March 2013 10: 03
      Well, here you have gone too far))))) you compare a fighter and a transport vehicle with equipment for private use (they may find military use) somehow it is not correct.
    2. queen
      queen 20 March 2013 10: 46
      Minus you have not received from me
  2. Hemi cuda
    Hemi cuda 20 March 2013 09: 33
    An interesting device, a video with a flight would be to watch.
  3. queen
    queen 20 March 2013 09: 59
    Its use is purely as a pure means of transportation, fun for very well-fed)))) the idea is good ... ecology good
    1. Denis
      Denis 20 March 2013 11: 17
      Quote: regin
      good idea ... ecology
      The electric motor, it doesn’t pollute the air, only the batteries must be charged from something, usually from a non-environmental
      energy does not arise out of nothing and cannot disappear into nowhere. - this has not yet been canceled
      1. Professor
        20 March 2013 11: 21
        They write - from the wind. wink
        While on the ground, the tiltrotor can turn its rotors in the wind, so that it can charge the device’s electrical devices.
        1. Denis
          Denis 20 March 2013 11: 39
          Quote: Professor
          turn your rotors in the wind to charge this way
          Bullshit, all in childhood had clockwork machines, but started them with a wrench, and not rolling back
          1. Professor
            20 March 2013 11: 50
            AgustaWestland lying? request
            Will the verb "recharge" suit you?
  4. newcomer
    newcomer 20 March 2013 10: 02
    but what does the yak-141 have to do with it? yak-141 vertical takeoff fighter with an additional jet engine for vertical takeoff and landing. that is, with a "dead weight" like the Yak-38. as one cinematic character said, "the analogy is not appropriate."
  5. Denis
    Denis 20 March 2013 10: 33
    Quote: newbie
    with "dead weight"
    Dead or alive ....
    However, the first supersonic vertical take-off
  6. ultra
    ultra 20 March 2013 10: 35
    An interesting apparatus! Respect to the professor! hi
    1. viruskvartirus
      viruskvartirus 20 March 2013 10: 42
      I join, Prof brings a lot of interesting things to the site good
  7. Prapor Afonya
    Prapor Afonya 20 March 2013 10: 40
    Interestingly, and for how long does the battery last? And if they can develop such power, then it’s even easier to create an electric car, although what I'm talking about is oil rules the world, and while it will rule what kind of ecology we can talk about!
    1. Professor
      20 March 2013 10: 46
      I meet electric cars every day on the road, no longer exotic.
      How many "Project Zero" batteries are enough, they have not yet reported, but judging by the number of UAVs with an electric drive, they will solve this problem.
      1. sniper
        sniper 20 March 2013 17: 53
        Professor, thanks for the article! The bird really deserves the closest attention, it is possible that the future is behind such machines ...
        1. Professor
          20 March 2013 20: 39
          Thank Vadim Smirnov, I only translated it with pleasure. hi
  8. Vladimiiir
    Vladimiiir 20 March 2013 10: 44
    This "toy" has no joke potential, and in general the car is beautiful, so we will hear about it again
  9. Perchik
    Perchik 20 March 2013 11: 02
    Italians are just great clever women!
    Already done in real life what is shown only in films :)
  10. Iraclius
    Iraclius 20 March 2013 17: 33
    Well done Italians! The company is developing and it is visible.
    Do not forget that the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor is ready to appear on the market in the 2016 year.

    And there, and to military use close. It is a pity that in my native country nothing is heard about the design of such machines - Mi-30 died without being born. recourse
    1. rubber_duck
      rubber_duck 20 March 2013 18: 05
      Quote: Iraclius
      Do not forget that the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor is ready to appear on the market in the 2016 year.

      Do you think they will have time before 2016? to attach at least some plane to these motors? laughing

      PS Oh, I missed it. There, between the motors, there really is something military and military hanging out. smile
  11. crambol
    crambol 20 March 2013 21: 13
    Tell me, can you get them at Privoz? Just that nothing would hang from below!
  12. Professor
    22 June 2013 13: 22
    Fresh photo from the air show in France.