Quackenbush, Todd R. Continuum Dynamics, Inc., Ewing, New Jersey.
Last reviewed:December 2019
- Rotor configurations
- Flight control
- Hybrid aircraft
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An aircraft characterized by its large-diameter, powered, rotating blades, attached to a substantially vertical axis. The helicopter can lift itself vertically by the reactive force generated as the rotating blades accelerate air downward. It can both lift and propel itself forward by accelerating air downward at an angle to the vertical. The helicopter is the most successful vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft developed to date, by virtue of its relatively high efficiency in performing hovering and low-speed flight missions.
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