Researchers at Auburn (Ala.) University have flown the first remotely piloted helicopter that uses a solid-state adaptive main rotor system for flight control. If developed, the solid-state adaptive rotor system (SSAR) has the potential to significantly reduce weight, drag, complexity, cost and radar signature of full-size helicopter rotor systems (AW&ST Apr. 15, 1996, p. 46). The small helicopter also is being considered as a potential technology testbed for ``mini'' and ...


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