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Could a rotor head wing be plausible?

Could a helicopter support a detachable wing with no controls on top of the rotor head in place of a radar dome? Could the rotor head be made to support more weight? Would it be more fuel efficient at ...
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What rotors would be best for atmospheric reentry?

What rotor blade set up would be the best for entering Earth atmosphere or to shed speed before landing in place of a parachute? I understand that the longer blades are more efficient, but are not as ...
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Are there attempts at fly-by-wire servo flap controlled rotor?

Reading this question and then this document about servo flap controlled rotor I was wondering if there has been any attempt at building one fixed hub helicopter with twistable blades hosting at 75% ...
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How does the load transfer from a prop to the airframe?

I was just watching this video... Restoration and startup of a Wright 1820 Cyclone ...and it got me thinking: a propeller shoves back air, and this creates a forward force on the prop. The prop ...
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Why is this type of rotor hub so rare…?

I wonder why is this type of helicopter rotor hub so rare... It is a very simple construction, having no flap or lead-lag hinges. A universal, constant-speed joint leaves the rotor free to find his ...
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Would an aircraft with no ailerons, no elevators and no rudders be safely flyable?

With contrarotative propeller (or not, if twin engine), cyclic and collective blade control. Would such an aircraft be safely flyable, and how efficient would it be, assuming it can have perfectly ...
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Can a helicopter stand on the ground upside down on its rotor head?

From what I understand the rotor head needs to be strong enough to hold the craft weight hanging below it, and sounds pretty strong. The blades however look quite fragile (for a piece of metal). In ...
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Is it possible to design a helicopter with fixed rotor blades only (no blade angle/flap/pitch)?

I am not familiar with helicopter rotor design but I wonder if it is possible to build a working/flying helicopter with fixed rotors that cannot change the blade angle, flap, pitch or adjust blades ...
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what is the statistical risk of head rotor failure?

What are the chances of rotor failure? What percentage of crashes are related to a malfunction of the rotor head?
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What are the mechanisms fitted in the SA321G Super Frelon rotor head?

Past the cyclic-collective pitch control, I understand (maybe incorrectly) that additional mechanisms are required to prevent or limit vibrations and loads on the mast and the blades. Aerospatiale ...