Airbus' new copter concept has wings

Airbus' new copter concept has wings
July 11, 2017
Airbus Racer
Airbus' new copter concept has wings - The Airbus Racer may be making its first flight within three years

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July 11, 2017
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If you want a helicopter to be faster and more efficient in forward flight, why not just give it some wings for added aerodynamic lift, and a set of propellers (aka lateral rotors) for forward thrust? That was the thinking behind the Eurocopter X3 demonstrator aircraft. This Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, Airbus Helicopters announced its plans to build on that concept, in the form of the code-named Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft – or Racer, for short.

Being developed as part of Europe's multi-organization Clean Sky 2 initiative, Racer is described as being "the best trade-off between speed, cost-efficiency, sustainability and mission performance." It will be optimized for a low acoustic signature, along with a cruising speed of over 400 km/h (249 mph).

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Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus Helicopters reveals RACER high-speed concept

Airbus Helicopters has showcased an updated concept for the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme.

Revealed at the Paris Air Show on 20 June, the Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft (RACER) concept features updated aerodynamics to help it achieve the company's stated goal of a cruise speed of more than 400 kph.