The X-56A remotely piloted research aircraft is suppressing flutter, which is a potentially destructive oscillation, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The video of the aircraft takes the viewer on a journey through preparation, takeoff, mission flight, the control room and landing. The X-56A is intended to validate enabling technology for designing aircraft with highly flexible, lightweight wings. The use of less structurally-rigid wings could be critical to future long-range, fuel efficient airliners.
Credits: AFRC TV