Fiber Optics Control Loads On Flexible Wing

Credit: NASA
Technology to sense and redistribute airloads on a wing in real time using a fiber-optic network—a key to enabling lightweight, low-drag, slender and flexible wings on future airliners—has been flight-tested by NASA using a small unmanned aircraft. The APV-3 test aircraft was fitted with a fiber...
Graham Warwick

Graham leads Aviation Week's coverage of technology, focusing on engineering and technology across the aerospace industry, with a special focus on identifying technologies of strategic importance to aviation, aerospace and defense.

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