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Researchers Design Single-person "Puffin" Stealth Plane
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 19:25

From Daily Tech

Puffin Stealth Plane
Aircraft is powered by rechargeable batteries

The military sees a great need for small, lightweight aircraft that can be easily transported and support vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities. These small aircraft could allow soldiers to be covertly inserted into areas with speed and stealth.

NASA and its research partners have designed a one-man aircraft capable of VTOL flight dubbed the Puffin according to Scientific American. The aircraft is designed to stand on its ail when on the ground. The tail is split into four sections to provide stability while parked. The aircraft would have flaps on the wings to direct the air from dual electrically powered rotors on top of the aircraft for takeoff.

The pilot would stand in the aircraft and lie flat in a fashion similar to a hang glider pilot when the craft is in horizontal flight. Each rotor of the aircraft is 2.3 meters wide and the craft measures 3.7 meters long and has a 4.1-meter wingspan. The aircraft is constructed of carbon-fiber composites and weighs only 400 lbs including the rechargeable battery pack.


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