Welcome to Mirror Image Aerospace
Mirror Image Aerospace was founded in the early 1990's by Kent Crookston. Already an innovator with a highly successful composite manufacturing business, he wanted to break out and follow his dream of creating a new mode of transportation and literally, take it to the next level. That next level is a VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft that did not require a pilot's license to fly. It needed to be simple to operate, safe, with a low operational cost.
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That led Kent to create a proof of concept prototype in early 2000. Following the initial design stages, Rich Hedderich, an accomplished industrial/mechanical designer, teamed up to provide evolutionary design concepts using 3D solid modeling to further the progress for continued development. Mirror Image Aerospace was incorporated in 2007 to officiate business as an innovative company to continue the design of the Skywalker VTOL aircraft.
Skywalker VTOL 2013
Those of you who have followed the development of the Skywalker design on our website will notice some subtle changes in this latest phase. We have focused our efforts throughout the year on refining the propulsion system. This was a major undertaking which required the creation of several RC (Radio Controlled) quarter scale models for testing and validation of new and proprietary concepts to control the aircraft through it's transition from vertical liftoff and hover, to normal forward flight parameters, and then transition back into a hovering attitude for a smooth landing.
This was an extremely time consuming endeavor which accumulated hundreds of man hours and was accomplished with the help of Kent's son Neal, a professional helicopter pilot, who assisted in the fabrication and implementation of the RC components. These tests ultimately provided a new direction in the overall thrust propulsion system. There are several major changes to the fuselage structure to accommodate articulation vector nozzles that replaced the previous design. This new system has been submitted for patents, which is now in pending status.
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