Aurora LightningStrike

Aurora-LightningStrike

By Wassaf Akhtar | 3/11/2018

LightningStrike (XV-24A)
www.aurora.aero

The Aurora LightningStrike, (VTOL X-Plane), will employ cross breed turboshaft-generator energy to turn 18 ducted fans on its tilting wing and 6 on canard for speeds over 300 kt (555 km/h).

Aurora LightningStrike Characteristics (Updated Feb. 2017)

Fuselage length > 38 ft 11.8 m
Overall height ~14 ft 4.3 m
Wingspan > 60 ft > 18.2 m
Tip-to-tip distance > 60 ft > 18.2 m
Empty weight ~ 11,375 lb ~ 5.16 t
Max gross takeoff wt <13,000 lb < 5.9 t
Useful load ~ 1,625 lb ~ 737 kg
Cruise speed > 300 kt >555 km/h
Propulsors 24 ducted fans
Motor output 18x 168 hp + 6x 121 hp 18x 125 kW + 6x 90 kW
Power type hybrid electric
Passenger capacity 0
First Flight 2018

As of now, they have only used it as an experimental aircraft. Future projects would involve making it viable for commercial operations.

 

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