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Role of research aircraft in technology development

By K. J. Szalai

Abstract

The United States's aeronautical research program has been rich in the use of research aircraft to explore new flight regimes, develop individual aeronautical concepts, and investigate new vehicle classes and configurations. This paper reviews the NASA supercritical wing, digital fly-by-wire, HiMAT, and AD-1 oblique-wing flight research programs, and draws from these examples general conclusions regarding the role and impact of research aircraft in technology development. The impact of a flight program on spinoff technology is also addressed. The secondary, serendipitous results are often highly significant. Finally, future research aircraft programs are examined for technology trends and expected results

Topics: AIRCRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Year: 1984
OAI identifier: oai:casi.ntrs.nasa.gov:19850002624

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