NASA is working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys to test a new morphing wing technology that uses a seamless flexible edge. The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) provides major improvements when compared to conventional flaps that are used on aircraft today.
"Armstrong's work with ACTE is a great example of how NASA works with our government and industry partners to develop innovative technologies that make big leaps in efficiency and environmental performance," said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directatorate. "This is consistent with the agency's goal to support the nation's leadership in the aviation sector."
The NASA Langley Research Center will now study flight tests to help create designs used for large transport aircraft.
Once finalized, the custom wing could help drastically cut fuel costs, decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings, and reduce airframe weight. The ACTE technology can be retrofitted for current airplane wings, or installed on new airframes, NASA noted.