Israeli engineers and scientists have always been at the forfront of new and innovative aviation technologies.
Israeli engineers and scientists have always been at the forfront of new and innovative aviation technologies. The difference between an Israeli-developed technology and those of other countries, is that Israeli engineers don’t just set out to develop new products, the Israeli solution must be an “elegant” one.
Take Urban Aerodynamics Ltd, for example. The company has developed an aviation vehicle that can fly amid skyscrapers and park inside buildings. Its purpose is to become an effective life-saving rescue system.
Called the X-Hawk, the vehicle is a “rotorless” Vertical-Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle. Unlike a helicopter, the X-Hawk’s propellers are not extended, but incorporated into the body of the aircraft, enabling it to pull up close to the windows of tall buildings without danger of collision.
Those unique characteristics make the X-Hawk suitable for rescue and law enforcement work: evacuating injured people from high-rise buildings, high speed pursuit and other daring police activities. The X-Hawk is expected to be able to achieve a maximum speed of 200 KPH and to remain airborne for up to an hour and a half (like small helicopters).
Says Dr. Raffi Yoeli, the founder of the concept and the company: “In a regular helicopter, if you want to move left, you have to first tilt to the left. Then you have to correct the movement by tilting to the right in order to straighten out. We eliminate those movements – a very important point when you’re working in constricted air space like an urban environmenl.”
The X-Hawk is based on all proven, off-the-shelf certified technology, meaning the engines are already Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) certified, and have been up and running in other helicopters.
Joel Bainerman helps Diaspora Jews identify investment opportunities in Israel’s high tech sector.
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