It deffinetly looks cool! But I wish thwy would go with the Self Rotating Single Wing,It's safer if you loose a Motor you can still land without relying on Autorotation alone?I don't think those tilt rotors can autorotate at all?Interesting looking machine. They say it flew unmanned, I'd like to have some video of that!
But not from all the whole flight envelope - it'll have a large H/V curve where a failure = crash. The other thing to consider with that particular layout is an asymmetrical loss of thrust.But it certainly can glide to the ground.
I would guess, but don't have any information to prove this, that there is a driveshaft between the two motors such as that found on the V-22 and AW-609.But not from all the whole flight envelope - it'll have a large H/V curve where a failure = crash. The other thing to consider with that particular layout is an asymmetrical loss of thrust.
Not a big deal on an unmanned drone, different story on something intended to carry people.
If they locate a single motor between the two counterrotating rotors they can get a 2:1 reduction simply by driving one aero-rotor from the motor's rotor (shaft) and the other aero-rotor from the motor's stator (frame).Nope - per their press release no transmissions or swashplates.