STRATFORD, Conn., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s X2 Technology(TM) demonstrator program has been recognized by Popular Science magazine with a 2009 "Best of What's New Award." Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Popular Science, the world's largest science and technology magazine with 7.1 million readers, named the X2 Technology demonstrator as one of the top technological advancements in the Aviation & Space category in 2009. It is the third high-profile recognition for the X2 Technology demonstrator by a major consumer magazine in a month. In October, Popular Mechanics presented the X2 Technology program with a 2009 Breakthrough Innovator Award, while Time magazine recently named it to its list of "The 50 Best Inventions of 2009."
"For 22 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us - those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what's possible in the future," said Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners - chosen from among thousands of entrants - represent the highest level of achievement in their fields."
"We are delighted that Popular Science has affirmed the breakthrough technologies that the X2 Technology demonstrator program offers," said Mark Miller, Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering. "It is following in a great tradition of innovation that has become a hallmark of Sikorsky Aircraft products, and we share the magazine's excitement in recognizing the potential it holds for our customers and for the aviation industry."
Aiming to achieve the highest speed ever recorded for a helicopter, the X2 Technology demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. It is designed to demonstrate a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots while retaining such desirable attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and a seamless and simple transition to high speed.
The X2 Technology program, based at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Florida, to date has achieved a maximum test flight speed of 106 knots.
The X2 Technology program began in 2005 when Sikorsky first committed resources and full funding for the program's development.
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 technology innovations that represent a significant leap in their respective industries. Best of What's New winners are included in Popular Science's December issue, its most widely read issue of the year. Best of What's New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Technology, Home Entertainment, Security, Home Technology, Personal Health and Recreation.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation