Flaps Becoming History?

Flaps Becoming History? 18 December, 2017

The first phase of flight trials with BAE System's MAGMA UAV has been successfully completed, announced by the company on 13 December. The flight trials are part of an ongoing project between BAE Systems and The University of Manchester, and wider long-term collaboration between industry, academia and government to explore and develop innovative flight control technology.

MAGMA, a small-scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), will use a unique blown-air system to manoeuvre the aircraft removing the conventional need for complex, mechanical moving parts used to move flaps to control the aircraft during flight. 

According to BAE,  two technologies to be trialled first using the jet-powered MAGMA UAV are Wing Circulation Control, which takes air from the aircraft engine and blows it supersonically through the trailing edge of the wing to provide control for the aircraft, and Fluidic Thrust Vectoring, which uses blown air to deflect the exhaust, allowing for the direction of the aircraft to be changed.

Additional technologies to improve the performance of the UAV are being explored in collaboration with the University of Arizona and NATO Science and Technology Organisation. 

Flaps Becoming History?

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