Rolls-Royce celebrates eighth Collier Trophy

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is proud to be a member of the team that was recently awarded the prestigious 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800-powered Sikorsky X2 Technology™ demonstrator won the award given annually to recognize the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America. LHTEC is a 50:50 partnership between Rolls-Royce and Honeywell.

The 2010 award is the 100th Collier Trophy to be awarded since its inception and the eighth for Rolls-Royce. The Rolls-Royce portion of the engine was designed and built in Indianapolis.

The Collier Trophy was presented at the Annual Collier Dinner on 5 May, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The award recognizes achievements that improve the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles.

During a test flight in September, the CTS800-powered X2 demonstrator, developed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., set an unofficial world speed record for a conventional helicopter, achieving 250 knots in level flight and 260 knots in a very shallow dive. A single CTS800 turboshaft engine powers a counter-rotating coaxial rotor and pusher propeller. The aircraft retains excellent low-speed handling, efficient hovering, and a seamless transition to high speed.

Daryl Mastin, Rolls-Royce, CTS800 Program Director said, “LHTEC is proud to have made a significant contribution to the X2 program in developing this revolutionary technology. We are pleased that Sikorsky and the X2 team have been recognized for their efforts.”

Rolls-Royce Collier Trophy wins

1987 - NASA Lewis Research Center and the NASA/Industry Advanced Turboprop Team advanced turboprop propulsion concepts

1990 - The Bell Boeing Team V-22 Osprey Tilt-rotor aircraft

1996 - Cessna Aircraft and the Citation X Design Team first commercial aircraft to achieve a Mach .92 cruise speed

1997- Gulfstream V Industry Team (the world’s first ultra-long range business jet)

2000 - The Global Hawk, unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft

2001 - Integrated LiftFan Propulsion System for the Joint Strike Fighter

2003 - Gulfstream G550, for achievement in designing, testing, and building an innovative aircraft while incorporating measurable safety enhancements and far-reaching advances in aerospace technology.

2010 - The Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Sikorsky X2 Technology™ Demonstrator Team

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  4. Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 7,300 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft models to date including the Bell 206/407/430 and AgustaWestland Super Lynx/AW159/T129. This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.
  5. In North America, Rolls-Royce employs more than 8,000 people in 66 locations in 26 states and seven sites in six Canadian provinces. Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis is the company’s largest research, engineering and manufacturing facility outside the UK and today more Rolls-Royce engines are built in the US than anywhere else in the world.

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