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Rotary Aircraft: The Problem With Making Bigger Better

Luc De Keyser
Board of Contributors
Oct 26, 2016 | 08:01 GMT
The hallmark of the V-22 Osprey's design is twin tilt rotors suspended at the ends of a central fixed wing.
The hallmark of the V-22 Osprey's design is twin tilt rotors suspended at the ends of a central fixed wing.
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"Bigger is only sometimes better" is a mantra those who make, and those who use, rotary aircraft may want to take to heart. Small and cheap multi-rotor drones have been buzzing around consumer markets for the past few years, and the military has likewise adopted these little vehicles for their utility in flying reconnaissance missions and obtaining local situational awareness. The Black Hornet Nano, for example, carries three cameras and can fly autonomously for 20 minutes before recharging but is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand....

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