DARPA’s ANCILLARY VTOL Drone

DARPA’s ANCILLARY VTOL low-weight drone, can have high-payload, and long-endurance capabilities.

DARPA’s AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY X-Plane program, nicknamed ANCILLARY, aims to develop and flight demonstrate critical technologies required for a leap ahead in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)  It can launch from ship flight decks and small austere land locations in adverse weather without launch and recovery equipment typically needed for these systems.



“The ability for the warfighter to deploy and retrieve such systems in challenging conditions without reliance on infrastructure would minimize personnel, costs, and vulnerability during sensitive operations,” said Steve Komadina, the DARPA program manager for ANCILLARY.

DARPA’s ANCILLARY VTOL Drone (3)

DARPA’s ANCILLARY VTOL Drone (2)



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