The Roswell FS-II is a flying saucer able to take off vertically and reach the speed of Mach 2. The design is inspired by the VZ-9 prototype built by Avro Canada in 1959. The Roswell FS-II is powered by two turbofan F -135 and he would use the thrust vector in combination with an electromagnetic turborotor to take off aircraft carriers and fly secret missions anywhere worldwide.
Most of us have heard of the Roswell incident in 1947. At the time US military forces initially reported they had found a flying disk that had crashed. You probably know the famous ‘Area 51’ in Nevada, where most of the UFO stories come from.
In the late 50s, a secret military aircraft prototype was built by Avro Canada. It was shaped like a flying saucer, and he used the Coanda effect to take off and land propulsion came from a single turbine plant named ‘turborotor. ”
Nowadays, materials are lighter and turbines are more powerful. There have been improvements in the flight controls. So, would it be possible to build an effective and fully functional flying saucer? That’s the idea behind the Roswell FS-II. Its purpose is to provide inspiration for our imagination and to initiate discussions around new forms and aircraft configurations.
How it works
The shape of Roswell FS-II is a disc of 35 feet (10.6 m) in diameter and 6.6 feet (2 m) thick. The main elements of the structure are an aluminum frame and an outer shell made of composite materials.
The turborotor is centrally located in the plane and measures 13 feet in diameter (4 m). It creates a downward push and a portion of the air is purged along the outer edge of the disc thereby controlling the attitude and movement of the aircraft. Power comes from two turbojets Pratt & Whitney F135 located on either side of the device.
The air intake for each jet engine is located at the front of the drive and the discharge is pushed from behind by jet outputs that can be oriented to provide a propulsion vector similar to the F 22 Raptor.
The Roswell FS-II will use an advanced flight control software to alter the high pressure air flow around the craft and control the orientation of the jet outlets. Additional outputs could also be located at the front. Both engines would be used to provide power to the central turborotor during the flight and to push the plane forward like a flying disc to reach higher speeds.
What it’s used for?
Would it be better to create an electromagnetic transmission to rotate the turborotor? Do we need a turborotor, or can we just use our air outlets directed at the periphery of disc? The proposed engines are probably ‘overkill’, because they have a thrust power of 86 000lb …
The idea behind the concept of Roswell FS-II is to create a new kind of aircraft capable of making the transition from the stationary horizontal flight and capable of reaching speeds higher than the V-22 Osprey Boeing. If it is possible to remove the main rotor and use the space for a central lift, the Roswell FS-II could be used in rescue operations. The two jet engines could be smaller in order to save costs (for example, see the PW500 engine.)
I would like to thank Adolfo Esquivel for creating the renderings of the Roswell FS-II. Adolfo is a Colombian industrial designer, currently attending a master’s in transportation design at the UQAM of Montreal. He works as a freelancer based in Montreal. Adolfo also created the design of the Firesound flying saucer / firefighting drone and the Teatrix robotic furniture concept.