Half-Scale V-STAR Could Fly Next Year

June 23, 2008 — A half-scale demonstrator of a ducted fan vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle called the VTOL Swift Tactical Aerial Resource (V-STAR) could be flying next year, according to its developer.

Design Intended to Resupply Troops on Battlefield

Using two Rolls-Royce Model 250 series II C20B turboshaft engines, a diamond box wing and a ducted pusher propeller, the full-size V-STAR could cruise at 15,000ft (4,500m) and 288kt (155 km/h) and have a range of 1,045km (565nm), says Colorado-based Frontline Aerospace. The design is intended to resupply troops on the battlefield with ammunition, water and food, with a maximum payload of 180kg (400lb).