What additional key innovations enhance the Skywalker?
Innovative key designs include incorporating a counter rotating, dual shaft, multi-blade propeller system. The blade and all power generating gears are fixtured in a vertical right angle drive unit, thus eliminating several complicated, expensive, and heavy drive-train components. This drive system technique significantly reduces mechanical dependencies, as listed: Only a single short driveshaft or flex connector needed Requires only one 90 degree angle drive unit No bearing-supported belt drive systems All propeller blade housings are stationary and non-tilting The engine is secured to the airframe and requires no articulating joints Mechanically generated torque is nullified Requires only one integrated planetary gear transmission The Skywalker objectives require keeping the VTOL innovative in design with minimal failure-prone mechanical components, and still provide a unique controllable aircraft. However, history has revealed that a feasible VTOL program is a challenging venture in