Engineers at Urban Aeronautics (Yavne, Israel) are developing the prototype X-Hawk Fancraft(TM), a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle whose rotors, unlike a helicopter, are contained in the body of the craft. Originally envisioned as a medical evacuation vehicle, X-Hawkâ€™s modular cargo bay allows for tailor-made, task-specific configurations that would enable the aircraft to be an all-around workhorse. Some other applications could include power line maintenance, bridge inspection, and ship-to-shore taxi service.
Quieter than a helicopter, a vane system enables the X-Hawk to maneuver laterally without the need to roll. This is essential if a mission necessitates hovering directly in contact with the side of a structure.
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