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Horizon praises DoD as it completes HSVTOL first phase
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Eleven contenders had until June 30 to complete Phase 1 of the AFWERX High Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing Challenge. Horizon, for one, hopes to continue testing and designing a full-scale aircraft.

Horizon Aircraft has successfully completed Phase 1 of the AFWERX High Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing Challenge. The highly competitive Phase 1 contract award included significant non-dilutive financial aid that helped Horizon accelerate development of its innovative Cavorite X-series VTOL aircraft.

Earlier this year the US Air Force selected a small group of companies, of which Horizon Aircraft was one, to proceed with the conceptual development of an HSVTOL aircraft. The initiative is supported by AFWERX, the Air Force's innovation hub, and US Special Operations Command. The HSVTOL program aims to develop an aircraft that could replace the Air Force's CV-22 Osprey, one that can fly on the order of 400 kts (740 km/h) and conduct a range of missions such as personnel infiltration and extraction, tactical mobility and aeromedical evacuation.

The HSVTOL initiative attracted proposals from over 200 companies. These were narrowed down to 35 solutions of which 11 were ultimately selected for investment in Phase 1 of the program: American Aerospace Engineering, Astro Aerospace (Horizon Aircraft), Bell, Continuum Dynamics, Jaunt, Jetoptera, Piasecki, Transcend Air, Valkyrie, VerdeGo and Whisper.

Brandon Robinson, ceo of Horizon Aircraft says: “The AFWERX program is a great example of how the US Department of Defence is leveraging the agility of private industry to increase military capability in an extremely cost-effective manner. We were honoured to partner with the elite AFWERX team that offered many valuable technical insights throughout Phase 1. We are looking forward to exploring the opportunity to deepen this partnership in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of this challenge.”

Horizon Aircraft will continue with its testing while progressing with detailed design of a full-scale VTOL aircraft that will have significant commercial and military capability.

Contact details from our directory:
Horizon Aircraft, Inc. Airframer
Jaunt Air Mobility LLC Airframer
Jetoptera Additive Manufacturing, Carbon-reinforced Composites, Ceramic Composite Structures
Piasecki Aircraft Corp. Airframer
Transcend Air Corporation Airframer
Valkyrie Systems Aerospace (VSA) Airframer
VerdeGo Aero Airframer
Whisper Aero Airframer
Bell Helicopter Textron Airframer
American Aerospace Engineering LLC Airframer
Continuum Dynamics, Inc. Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computer-aided Simulation, Design Services, Flight Simulators, Research/Consulting Services, Rotary Actuators, Training
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Horizon Cavorite X7
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey