New Phenix Coaxial RPA “Ultra 2XL” under DoD flight trials: delivers essentials to the warfighter
February 22, 2022
(McMinnville, OR – Feb 22, 2022) The employee-owned non-traditional Defense Contractor, Phenix Solutions, is flight testing their new aircraft with the USAF under the Agility Prime program. FAA Type Certification is in progress with completion expected in early 2023.
In 2019, Phenix Solutions successfully developed, produced, and conducted test flights of two Heavy Lift Rotary UAS concept demonstration platforms for the USAF Agility Prime program that consisted of a single rotor and quadcopter design. These prototype platforms helped Phenix refine the concept into a highly stable single-engine Coaxial Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Brian Riese, President of Phenix Solutions, provided the following statement about the prototyping efforts:
“The Phenix prototype flight testing validated our core flight control avionics, which allowed us to advance a ‘modular off-the-shelf’ coaxial design using best of breed technologies - delivering enhanced performance, reliability, and sustainability in an efficient and affordable multi-mission package. The prototypes also help Phenix Solutions optimize propulsion and emerging rotor design by incorporating a ‘zero-maintenance’ virtual bearing counter-rotating differential coaxial blade system. This radical design eliminates over 60% of the maintenance costs while increasing aircraft availability rates. The Ultra 2XL actually ‘bends the cost curve!’”
The Phenix Ultra 2XL replaces the initial quad engine prototype and provides greater range, stability, and hover performance. The coaxial system eliminates the need for a tail rotor, which is the number one cause of all rotorcraft accidents: tail strikes. Mr. Riese commented, “The Ultra 2XL is aimed at giving Ground Commanders an aerial logistic asset that can deliver combat supplies to units in an Advanced Expeditionary Basing Operations Concept. The Ultra 2XL will serve Commanders that will now be able to direct when and where much-needed supplies are delivered to keep pace with operational demands.”
The Phenix Ultra 2XL is built to fit within a standard 20ft. shipping container for expeditionary deployment. It is specifically designed for rapid extraction/configuration and can be made flight-ready in less than 15 minutes by trained ground troops. Utilizing onboard technology, the Ultra 2XL features unprecedented operational reach – the backbone of Phenix Solutions’ visual imagery Detect and Avoid core avionics (DAA). This integral attribute enables operation Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) as well as the capability to avoid both potential obstacles and intruder aircrafts throughout all phases of flight. The Ultra 2XL challenges the design paradigm with the capacity to lift nearly 2,000lbs of payload and deliver to destinations 200+ miles away.
The Ultra 2XL offers significantly lower flyaway and total cost of ownership to both defense and civil operators by using certified and proven Commercial Off-the-Shelf technologies (COTS). The FAA Type Certification has tremendous benefits for civil and defense operators wishing to fly in civilian airspace. Casey Zimmerman, Phenix Solutions Director of Sales and Business Development, stated the following:
“The Phenix Ultra 2XL is a game-changer for any operator wanting to increase earning potential, lower costs, and keep their pilots safe. Whether it’s cargo, firefighting or agriculture - the Ultra 2XL delivers, and everyone here at Phenix is committed to these priorities!”
Phenix Solutions will be present at the HAI Heli Expo: Booth #6019 in Dallas, Texas March 8th - 10th, 2022.