Here 70 years have passed since the fall of the Third Reich, and all over the world, until now, used the technical development of German designers. This also applies to an interesting device called or intermeshing rotors sinhrokopter.
In 30-ies of the last century, the famous German designer and inventor Anton FlettnerFirst helicopter designed and built an unusual two-rotor designs Flettner-Doppelrotor. The unusual was the fact that the two rotors arranged transversely to the longitudinal axis of the apparatus. It was the first, so-called cross-circuit twin-rotor helicopter. The unusual machine Flettner It was in the fact that its design rotors arranged adjacent to each other, rather than being spaced at both ends of the wings in the schemes later designs.
In his design, screw rotation axis positioned at an angle 6 degrees to each other, intersect the plane of propeller rotation. When the rotor is started it seemed that the blade face and broke themselves. But it was only apparent impression. The fact that the design has been rigidly fixed mechanical connection between the drive shafts of the blades. She has been synchronized, which completely eliminates the possibility of a clash of blades. Two rotors provide a significant increase in traction, and their proximity to the center of mass of the helicopter, made it possible to do without a tail rotor. This arrangement provided the same good handling.
The military immediately interested in the unusual device. Kriegsmarine offered constructor to build some cars for the German Navy. The first machines (6 pieces) Fl 265 They were tested 1939 year. Intermeshing rotors proved very convenient for deck-based machine. And in 1941, the military ordered another batch of modernized unit dubbed Fl 282 «Hummingbird"(24 machine). Fl 282It was used as a light, intelligence, helicopter deck for Kriegsmarine ships.
After the war, the American designer Charles Kamanfounder «Kaman-Vertol»Similar scheme helicopter made its proprietary "chip".
In 1947 year flew the first American intermeshing rotors K-125
Nowadays, the firm Kaman AircraftIt is the only producer of helicopters of this scheme. A small company working on the orders of the Ministry of Defense and private orders.
helicopters transverse scheme have been released:
*Kaman K -240 (1952 g)
*Kaman HH-53 Huskie (Manufactured 1959-1969 years.)
* Kaman K-max It comes with 1991 of
K-maxIn our time, I began to acquire new skills.
Originally it was a purely civilian project, but as usual, the military quickly adapted it to their needs. So the air valve (about 2700 kg on external sling) was adapted for unmanned resupply in remote areas. Earlier this machine in the manned version, engaged in tree-forests of the mountainous areas of different countries.
In 2011 was an unmanned version of the machine joined the Marine Corps, fighting in Afghanistan. Delivery of essential military goods are carried at the speed of up to 185 km \ h, at a distance of up to 500 km. On the external sling intermeshing rotors could carry 2700 kg.
Of course, the helicopter was easy prey for the Taliban air defense assets, but because it is cheap to produce, and there is no pilot, the losses can be tolerated.
But the helicopter is able to not only be a courier and procurement officer. In 2011, the Office of Naval Research has decided on the basis of K-max develop a medical robot transporter wounded ACCS. The robot must not only ensure the delivery of a wounded soldier to the hospital, but also within 6 hours watching and soldier life support. To maintain blood levels, blood pressure, body temperature, stabbing the necessary preparations and to perform all necessary actions. And all this must occur during the flight to the place of location of the hospital. Just robot systems produce full monitoring of human activities and transmit them to the base. This makes it possible to prepare everything necessary for the reception of the wounded.
The robot firefighter
Suddenly, the drone intermeshing rotors got another specialty.
For the US Fire Service, 2015 years, perhaps, it was the most difficult. 3,8 million. Hectares of territories by October it was destroyed by fire across America. On fire rescue can come drone K-max.
He will be able to clock to extinguish fires. And to do this helicopter will be fully automatic, unattended operation. A large number of different sensors will allow him to control the situation on the ground. Based on their data, ODCC (on-board computer system) will be able to find himself emerging pockets of fire, and work on their anticipation and localization.
Soon, drone be made available to the US Fire Service. And instead of ammunition or injured soldiers, he will carry water to extinguish fires in difficult, hard to reach places.
Perhaps, over time, have drone K-Max will be other profession.
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Valery Smirnov specifically for Avia.pro
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