Morphing Wing Technology Can lead to Many Benefits for Flights in the Future

NASA successfully completed test flights of the morphing wing. Flap angles where changed from -2 degrees to 30 degrees in a six month process.

-NASA works with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
-successfully finished first tests of new morphing wing technology
-could save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight, and decrease aircraft noises during take offs and landings
-22 research flights were flown during the dates between Oct. 28, 2016 to Apr 28, 2016
-with Adaptive Complaint Trailing Edge (ACTE) flight controls that can improve CONVENTIONAL flaps used on existing aircraft
-“Armstrong’s work with ACTE is a great example of how NASA works with our government and industry partners to develop innovative technologies that make big leaps in efficiency and environmental performance,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “This is consistent with the agency’s goal to support the nation’s leadership in the aviation sector.”

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