This is Bell Helicopter’s first concept aircraft and presents a 3-D roadmap for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions.
Bell Helicopter formed a core group of engineers and a team of graphic designers that proved to be a highly collaborative team of problem solvers. It was through this process that the FCX-001, a concept aircraft, came to light to physically demonstrate a new way of thinking.
The concept aircraft was built to address the evolving demands of company's customers and demonstrate key technologies that revolutionize the pilot and passenger experience, including:
- A new anti-torque system in the tail boom designed to change the safety, noise and performance parameters of vertical lift aircraft forever.
- Hybridized propulsion combines advanced thermal engine cores for the main propulsion with, for example, electric distribution and motors to drive the anti-torque system for more control and simpler vehicle operations and maintenance.
- An airframe that is made from advanced sustainable materials to provide structural performance and offer configurations that company's customers desire.
In order to provide enhanced situational awareness, visibility and room, we are exploring the right combination of material and geometry.
The airframe is also company's front line for energy management where we harvest, store, attenuate and distribute external energy or system energy not already employed for useful work on the air vehicle. ■
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