In traditional aircraft design, airframes and engines are designed separately and bolted together. This leads to inefficiencies due to additional drag. The approach also leads to propulsive inefficiencies via non-distributed propulsion. Hovering and VTOL requirements introduce even more complexity, size and weight to the system.
Pairing the simple architecture of a gas generator with our advanced augmentation system results in significantly superior efficiency versus typical small turbojets. It also guarantees great operability and low fuel burn at all stages of flight.
Output of the gas generator is channeled through specially designed augmentation components. The exhaust gasses entrain and accelerate ambient air. Augmentation and low exhaust temperatures enable VTOL and high maneuverability.
The complete propulsion system is a unique combination of a gas turbine and fluidic thrust augmentation that can distribute thrust across our airframe. It can be implemented in various geometric shapes, can be embedded with the airframe, and has no propellers or rotating parts. The system is used in all phases of flight.
Our novel airframe is designed to take advantage of the abilities of the propulsion system. We have demonstrated its maneuverability in flight. It has lift generating surfaces for long range propulsive efficiency, yet it is very compact, allowing VTOL operations with a small footprint.
Our distributed propulsion system allows us to create additional lift by intelligent deployment at critical locations with respect to lift generating surfaces.
We have designed, built and tested ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components for several key applications. This next generation technology offers very light weight and high heat resistance. We have also licensed NASA CMC technology (link) that we will deploy in our products starting in 2018.
Our airframe structures of carbon and glass composites offer light weight with suitable strength for high speed flight.
We utilize additive manufacturing to produce metal parts of complex geometry, precision engineered to minimize material and weight.