Air International 2019-04
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Main: Technology
More than 30 payloads have been carried by Proteus, many for various NASA projects.
Proteus' tandem-wing and twin-boom configuration helps to create space for carrying pods to the existing centreline belly pylon. There are additional payload bays around the aircraft.
Scaled Composites Proteus, used for airborne research and systems testing, presents a unique profile from any angle.
Proteus pictured carrying a payload for the US Air Force Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program.
Scaled Composites says Proteus remains a cost-effective, flexible test platform.
The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has specified that the GE Aviation XA100 and Pratt & Whitney XA101 must fit in the space within the F-35 currently occupied by the F135 turbofan engine.