A testbed for future fuel-efficient transport and unmanned aircraft with slender, flexible wings has made its first flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif. The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed was built by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and NASA to test active aeroelastic control technologies for flutter suppression and gust-load alleviation. During the July 26 first flight, the X-56A flew at low altitude ...


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