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Airbus just patented the fastest helicopter in the world

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Jim Evans
May 20, 2016 16:48
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Airbus is trying take high speed helicopters to whole new level.Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved an application last month from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound helicopter.The patented design is a yet-unnamed development of the company's revolutionary X3 experimental helicopter that first flew in 2010.The concept is also part of Airbus Helicopters' formerly known as Eurocopter high speed, long-range, hybrid helicopter H3 initiative.During testing, the X3 managed to reach to 293 mph — making it the fastest non-tilt-rotor helicopter in the world.

The new patent offers a development on the original X3 design.What makes the new aircraft a compound helicopter are is pair of wing-mounted engines with pusher propellers in addition to the conventional main rotor.

This design eliminates the need for a tail rotor to counter the torque of the main rotor.A helicopter with additional pusher or puller propellers is far from new and various versions have been flying for decades.

However, a helicopter with this layout and such high performance is quite novel.

This means the patented helicopter will likely be significantly faster than the record-setting X3.This new patent could also be the latest development of the Low Impact Fast and Efficient Rotor-Craft or LifeRCraft to which Airbus Helicopters hinted in 2014.

It is unclear if the patented compound helicopter will ever see production in its current guise.Here's a video about the new patent courtesy of PatentYogi:NOW WATCH: These are the best, highest-paying companies in AmericaLoading video...

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