Re: Conformal Load Bearing Antenna Programs

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Message posted by Skeet (Member since 06/29/2022) on March 13, 2023 at 10:58:41 PST:

Do you believe that active flow control wing design is mature enough to be used in the B-21?

Jan 2023:

"DARPA has selected Aurora Flight Sciences to move into the detailed design phase of the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program.

This follows successful completion of the projectís Phase 1 preliminary design, which resulted in an innovative testbed aircraft that used active flow control (AFC) to generate control forces in a wind tunnel test.

Phase 2 will focus on detailed design and development of flight software and controls, culminating in a critical design review of an X-plane demonstrator that can fly without traditional moving flight controls on the exterior of the wings and tail.

The contract includes a Phase 3 option in which DARPA intends to fly a 7,000-pound X-plane that addresses the two primary technical hurdles of incorporation of AFC into a full-scale aircraft and reliance on it for controlled flight."

Why would DARPA be going ahead with this program if the tech is already being used in the B-21?

Attached link: DARPA Selects Aurora Flight Sciences for Phase 2 of Active Flow Control X-Plane

In Reply to: Re: Conformal Load Bearing Antenna Programs posted by Smythers on March 13, 2023 at 10:36:06 PST:


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