Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES)

ARES is a modular transportation system built around a Verticle Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) flight module operated as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Missions include ISR, casualty evacuation and cargo resupply. Under the DARPA ARES program PiAC and Team Member Lockheed Martin (Prime) are under contract to develop a flyable modular air-vehicle system demonstrator that provides modular Cargo pickup and delivery in early 2016.

Twin ducted fans provide efficient hovering and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities in a compact configuration. The ARES uses tilting ducts convert the aircraft to high-speed cruise flight similar to small aircraft. The closed rotors and small size enables the safe use of landing zones half the size typically needed by similarly sized helicopters. The demonstrator will have a maximum takeoff gross weight of the approximately 7000 pounds. The flight module is designed to be easily reconfigured to allow for transport of numerous detachable mission modules such as Intelligence, Fuel, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), casualty evacuation and cargo resupply. Future development of the ARES may include larger variants, increase flexibility in control interfaces and robotic landing gears enabling the ARES to land on rugged surfaces and aboard moving ships.

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