Sikorsky Innovations Timeline
February 1 - Sikorsky Innovations launches to create differentiated capabilities for Sikorsky customers
September 15 - Sikorsky X2 Technology Demonstrator achieves 250-knot speed
May 5 - X2 Technology Demonstrator team awarded the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy for greatest aerospace achievement
July 15 - X2 Technology Demonstrator makes final flight, paving way for S-97 RAIDER helicopter
March 11 - BLACK HAWK demonstrator helicopter with MATRIX™ technology takes successful first flight
August 12 - Sikorsky and Boeing are selected to build technology demonstrator for future vertical lift aircraft, the SB>1 Defiant
April 4 - Sikorsky Innovations celebrates five-year anniversary of Entrepreneurial Challenge by launching 8th competition
Watch: Sikorsky Completes DARPA ALIAS Phase 1 Autonomous Flight
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76® commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.
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Chris Van Buiten
Topics: Advanced Rotorcraft, Autonomy
Chris Van Buiten is the vice president of Sikorsky Innovations, where he runs the group responsible for maturing next-generation technologies including X2 technology™, active rotor, and autonomy, as well as defining next-generation products. Since joining the company in 1989, Van Buiten has been engaged in the design of Sikorsky products including the S-92® commercial transport, the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and the UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter, as well as several advanced concepts.
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