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NASA tests highly flexible, lightweight Aircraft Wings

 

Written by Jay Levine, X-Press Editor
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEdwards, CAThe subscale X-56A is scheduled for a series of research flights in November to prove enabling technology for designing aircraft with highly flexible, lightweight wings. The use of less structurally-rigid wings could be critical to future long-range, fuel-efficient airliners. 

A risk reduction flight August 31st, 2017 from Armstrong demonstrated that past challenges experienced during takeoffs and landings are resolved, said Cheng Moua, X-56A project manager. 

The X-56A is scheduled for November flights to further investigate how highly-flexible, lightweight wings function. (NASA Photo / Lauren Hughes)

The X-56A is scheduled for November flights to further investigate how highly-flexible, lightweight wings function. (NASA Photo / Lauren Hughes)

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