Lockheed Martin SAMARAI Remote Control Monocopter

Posted on Sep 28 2009 - 11:46am by Russ

The smart kids at Lockheed Martin have created a remote controlled monocopter which reminds me of the whirlipods that fall from maple tree’s. 

This is SAMARAI, a UAV that Lockheed Martin has been working on based on a monocopter platform. A monocopter is like a helicopter, except that the entire vehicle consists of a single rotating airfoil, making them somewhat impractical for manned flight. And, from the looks of things, more than a little dangerous, although the project was named SAMARAI not after its efficiency at decapitations but after samara, which are those monocopter seed pod things that fly down off of trees.

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