Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC is the aerospace research and development firm that developed and demonstrated Slowed-Rotor/Compound (SR/C™) technology that couples the speed, range and efficiency of an airplane with the vertical takeoff and landing capability of a helicopter along with the unparalleled safety of a high inertia rotor. Whether incorporated into a jump takeoff configuration or a powered rotor variant with continuous hover capability, SR/C technology offers extraordinary cruise efficiencies and quiet operation. Slowing the rotor in flight is the key to this game-changing technology. Operating at 1/3 the usual rpm reduces rotor drag by over a factor of 5 (more info). This translates to overall fuel efficiencies that have been validated through flight testing that are 2.5 – 3 times better than today’s worldwide rotorcraft fleet.
Now that SR/C technology is ready for the market, Carter is focused on production planning and is in discussions with parties interested in licensing the technology or forming joint ventures.
Learn more about the impact of SR/C™ Technology
View our coverage and video on the Smithsonian Channel
Learn about what makes the SR/C technology so different in the FAQ
Carter Aviation Breaks Five Records in Four Days
View Press Release