NASA is looking ahead to accepting ownership of the Lockheed Martin X-56A flutter-control testbed, for work on flexible wing designs, once the experimental unmanned aircraft completes flight tests for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The agency plans to use the aircraft to demonstrate structural, sensing and flight-control technology to enable longer, lighter, lower-drag wings for commercial aircraft that could enter service in the 2030-35 timeframe. “Our interests run ...


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