Sikorsky X2 Technology Wins
Prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy
March 17, 2011 - The Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. X2
Technology demonstrator team has been named the winner
of the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually
to recognize the greatest achievements in aeronautics or
The award, considered to be the one of the greatest honors to be bestowed in the American aviation industry, recognizes achievements that improve the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.
recognition comes six months after the X2 Technology
demonstrator successfully achieved a speed of 250 knots true air
speed in level flight, setting an unofficial speed record for a
helicopter and accomplishing the program?s ultimate speed
milestone. The Collier Trophy will be formally presented at the
Annual Collier Dinner to be held on May 5 at the Crystal Gateway
?This is a
tremendous honor that recognizes the hard work, dedication,
skill and vision of many people,? said Sikorsky President
Jeffrey P. Pino. ?Sikorsky has a long and storied history of
innovation, starting with the invention of the world?s first
practical helicopter and continuing today with X2 Technology and
the exciting new possibilities it opens for our company and our
Collier was an aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman who
commissioned the trophy that bears his name in 1910 with the
intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive
for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development,
according to the National Aeronautic Association web site.
Collier Trophy winners comprise a veritable ?Who?s Who? of
aviation excellence including Orville Wright, Chuck Yeager, and
the F-22 Raptor Team. Among the Collier committee members to
interview Sikorsky X2 team members earlier this week about the
demonstrator?s accomplishments was American astronaut Neil
?The entire Sikorsky Aircraft team is thrilled that the Collier Trophy committee has recognized the X2 Technology demonstrator for its game-changing technology, putting us in the highly respected company of some of the industry?s most prominent pioneers,? said Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president of research & engineering. ?This is a tremendous honor for the entire Sikorsky community, and we are proud to see the X2 Technology demonstrator earn its place in aviation history.?
?As the X2
Technology program transitions to its first application, we are
confident that the X2? design has a tremendous future and is scalable
for a variety of rotorcraft sizes and applications. This recognition is
warm acknowledgement of the great things that can be achieved when the
spirit of innovation and dedication to the task are the foundation,?
?The X2 Technology
demonstrator program set out to accomplish four key performance
objectives: low single pilot work load, low vibration, low acoustic
signature, and speed ? defined as cruise at 250 knots,? said Jim Kagdis,
program manager for Sikorsky?s Advanced Programs.
?There was a fifth
key objective that remains a driving force to all that we do at
Sikorsky: to preserve the legacy and pioneering spirit of our company
founder, Igor Sikorsky, and to educate and inspire the next generation
of engineers and aviation professionals. The Collier Trophy exemplifies
this fifth objective, so it is hugely rewarding for the team to stand
recognized for upholding the basic tenets on which Sikorsky Aircraft was
founded. I am extremely proud of the team and our accomplishment.?
The X2 Technology
demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to
advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter.
It is designed to demonstrate a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250
knots while retaining such desirable attributes as excellent low speed
handling, efficient hovering, and a seamless and simple transition to
Among the innovative technologies the X2 Technology demonstrator employs are Fly-by-wire flight controls, Counter-rotating rigid rotor blades, Hub drag reduction, Active vibration control and Integrated auxiliary propulsion system.
As a ?follow-on?
to the successful X2 program, Sikorsky Aircraft is continuing
development of the next-generation rotary wing technology by launching
the S-97 RAIDER program. Sikorsky and select suppliers will design,
build, and fly two prototype light tactical helicopters. These prototype
vehicles will enable the
Like the X2 Technology demonstrator, the S-97 RAIDER helicopter will feature twin coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and a pusher propeller. In addition to flying at nearly twice the speed of a conventional helicopter, the S-97 RAIDER prototype aircraft will incorporate other key performance parameters critical to combat operations ? increased maneuverability, greater endurance, and the ability to operate at high altitudes. The X2 Technology program began in 2005 when Sikorsky first committed resources and full funding for the program?s development.
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