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Ultra-Light Composite Airplane Wing Twists & Morphs During Flight
The shape of an airplane wing has enormous effects on flight "?? but there isn"??t just one best wing shape. That definition changes for different aircraft, for different flights of the same aircraft, and even for different segments of a single flight. The MADCAT (Mission Adaptive Digital Composites Aerostructures Technology) team at NASA"s Ames Research Center is using emerging composite material manufacturing methods to build and demonstrate an ultra-light wing that actively changes shape. Constructed of lightweight lattice structures made of carbon fiber materials, the goal is to reduce drag, leading to more efficient airplanes.
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