Faster Than Any Rotorcraft In It's Class... And Possibly Faster
One of the true "reveals" of the 2008 HAI Trade Show was Sikorsky's surprising (but delightful) decision to pull their X2 research aircraft off the line (where it is preparing for first flight) and bring it to the show. This was the first major public venue in which the on-again, off-again development project that could change the nature of rotorcraft design had seen the light of day.
The X2 Technology Demonstrator is designed to demonstrate how a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining desirable helicopter attributes, including excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering and autorotation safety, and a seamless and simple transition to high speed.
"The X2 Technology Demonstrator is an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. As we continue to work to prove out and mature the technologies that will allow the X2 Technology Demonstrator to become a viable product, we are focused on testing its limits and finding out where this technology will take us," said Jeffrey P. Pino, Sikorsky President.
"This could be a 'game changer' in the industry. We are diligently pursuing this as a research project. We are testing the limits and pioneering this exciting innovation."
In development at Sikorsky for several years, the X2 Technology Demonstrator sports fly-by-wire flight controls, counter-rotating rigid rotor blades, hub drag reduction, active vibration control, and an integrated auxiliary propulsion system.
Peter Grant, Sikorsky Senior Manager of Advanced Programs, noted the X2 Technology Demonstrator has continued to make progress toward first flight.
"Throughout 2007, the aircraft made excellent additional build and subsystem test progress, re-entering vehicle ground testing in November 2007. Extensive test instrumentation is also being installed as preparation for its first flight," Grant said.
As ANN reported, Sikorsky Aircraft first announced X2 Technology in June 2005. After being grounded in 2006 during a 10-week machinists strike, Sikorsky resumed development of the X2 next-generation helicopter last year. The X2 Technology Demonstrator is built as a rapid prototyping collaboration effort with Sikorsky subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft. The project is solely funded by Sikorsky.
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Poland's foreign minister has no doubt about it. Radek Sikorski believes Europe, together with the United States, would win a new cold war with Russia if that were to happen.
Aero-TV: Sikorsky X2 Update -- Progress On An Advanced Rotorcraft
The Coolest Rotorcraft EVER???
Possibly the most avidly anticipated briefing of Heli-Expo 2009, was the official Sikorsky update of the truly innovative X2 program. Just last year, Sikorsky proved that it's one incredibly cool -- and equally unusual -- flying machine... and, it works! Sikorsky successfully completed the first flight of its X2 Technology Demonstrator, in late August, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.
Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck conducted the test flight at Sikorsky’s Schweizer Aircraft Corp. rapid-prototyping facility in Horseheads, NY, and was a headliner at the HAI 2009 briefing before a packed house of rotornauts.
The first-flight milestone culminated more than four years of design, development and testing of the Demonstrator aircraft’s suite of technologies that are intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. The X2 Technology Demonstrator is designed to establish that a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining such desirable helicopter attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and safe autorotation, combined with a seamless and simple transition to high speed.
Just last month, the program leaped ahead again as the X2 successfully ground tested the aircraft with the pusher propeller installed and spinning for the first time. The test, conducted January 23, used the fly-by-wire pitch control system with the rotating, high-speed pusher propeller for the first time since the demonstrator's first flight on August 27, 2008.
"The high-speed pusher prop produced the expected amount of thrust and the testing went according to plan," said Steven Cizewski, X2 Program Manager. "In addition, the pusher prop's drive system and oil distribution system checked out well. In all, we are pleased with this milestone and look forward to finishing the tests in Elmira, NY as we prepare to move the demonstrator into its next phase of testing in West Palm Beach."
Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering Mark Miller said, "This ground test milestone effectively completes Phase I of the four-phase X2 Technology development test program. We are looking forward to completing the remainder of the envelope expansion phases, and achieving 250 knots at the completion of Phase IV by the end of the year."
The X2 Technology demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. Sikorsky announced its initiative to develop an integrated suite of technologies called X2 Technology in June 2005. The project is funded solely by Sikorsky.
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A few hours before the heads-of-state of the 27 countries in the EU meet, Russian and Georgian diplomats look each other into the eye during a public conference organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
This report covered the Aug. 13 meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, called together to respond to the war between Georgia and Russia. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Cutting-edge Perdido production facility will be world's deepest marine oil and gas development
Pori, FINLAND: The era of easy oil is over and the race is on to produce tomorrow's oil from new and more hostile frontier environments. The construction of the hull of one of the world's deepest oil production facilities is now complete and today it started to make its 8,200 mile journey from the shipyard in Pori, Finland, to Texas, USA.
The massive steel spar structure, which is as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and weighs as much as 10,000 family cars, forms part of Shell's most ambitious deepwater offshore oil and gas development ever undertaken and will be the world's deepest spar production facility.
The hull, which is 39 meters (118 feet) in diameter and 170 meters (555 feet) tall, and weighs approximately 22,000 short tons will travel 8,200 miles to the Kiewit Offshore Services fabrication yard in Ingleside, Texas. The construction of the hull began in November 2006, requiring more than two million man hours.
Operating in the ultra-deep, the Perdido spar will float on the surface in the Gulf of Mexico in 8,000 ft of water and is capable of producing as many as 130,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. It will be moored by nine chain and polyester rope mooring lines, to an area of the sea bed the size of downtown Houston.
On the sea floor, 22 wells will be linked to the Perdido spar above. Oil and gas will be propelled to the surface against the extreme pressure of the deepwater by 1,500 horse-power electric pumps.
The remotest producing platform in the entire Gulf of Mexico region, Perdido will sit 220 miles from Galveston, Texas, and provide living quarters for 150 industry personnel. The helicopter landing deck will set new industry records, accommodating two long-range Sikorsky S92 helicopters simultaneously, each holding up to 24 passengers and crew.
Following its launch, the hull will travel by barge to Ingleside, Texas, where it will be engineered together with its topsides before beginning the journey to sea and its final destination in block 857 of the Alaminos Canyon.
Shell, the 35% shareholder of the Perdido Regional Development Spar, is operator on behalf of partners BP (27.5%) and Chevron (37.5%). Perdido is scheduled to begin production towards the end of the decade.
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