posted on Jul, 27 2005 @ 11:14 AM
Here is an article I came across today on the next era of aircraft coming down the tarmack.
New technology could provide the ability to make aircraft wings flex and bend to mimick a bird in flight.
Have you ever watched a duck cruise in for a landing over water, tail and wings curved down, and just before landing the duck opens it's wings like
an air brake. If this wing shifting works out, it will re-write how aircraft operate.
A new design-approach based on smart materials and actuators could turn shape-shifting from a dream into the hottest aeronautical essential since
Frank Whittle’s jet engine. The result would be planes with wings that grow, bend and shrink on command, morphing into the best shape for the task
An interview with DARPA’s Terry Weisshaar
The next 100 years of flight - part two
Today, Terry Weisshaar, manager of DARPA's morphing aircraft structures programme at the Pentagon explains how telescoping and folding wings will
help future planes to tailor their wing shape and size for each part of a mission.
"Sliding skins" could morph a plane from fast, attack configuration (left) to a slower long distance shape.
Lockheed Martin believe folding wings are a more efficient way to morph an aircraft.