The World’s First No-Tail Rotor Helicopter is Powered by Compressed Air

By: | April 30th, 2014

Belgium-based company Sagita has invented Sherpa, the world’s first helicopter without a tail rotor!

Utilizing a motor that powers a compressor and air intake at the rear side versus propelling the rotor directly, Sagita claims its design will make aircraft 85% more efficient.

Features:

  • 2 of each engine rotors propelled by two turbines (driven by compressed air at 212ยบ F)
  • 4.8 ft. wide by 4.1 ft. high cockpit
  • 15.8 ft. long
  • 250 mile range
  • Cruise speed of 158 km/h
  • 5 hour max flight time
  • Altitude up to 2000 m.
  • 573 lbs. and can carry an additional 377 lbs.

Check out the 1/5 scale model test flight:

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One thought on “The World’s First No-Tail Rotor Helicopter is Powered by Compressed Air

  1. JP Gibb
    May 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This headline and story are misleading. There have been helicopters without tail rotors going back to the early 1900s, utilizing either tandem, coaxial, intermeshing, or NOTAR designs. The Sherpa seems to be a variation on the coaxial platform, which has been used since the 1930s, and is practically a signature feature of the Russian Kamov bureau.

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