N-MAS morphing wing competition

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Hi,

http://www.aoe.vt.edu/~mason/Mason_f/MorphS05Rpt.pdf

Virginina Tech Morphing Wing Team
 

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Second picture is Lockheed Martin's unsuccesfull attempt, third is NextGenAeronautics MFX-1
 
Bits of data available on Boeing's entry in DARPA Next-Generation Morphing Aircraft Structures (N-MAS) program (Lockheed and NextGen won). Co-planar joined wing, possible based on earlier MDC studies - at least Garret patent is mentioned, filed in 1996 and issued already after merger, in 1999. (This patent was previously found by Maki and Abraham Gubler - see here).

Configuration is patented by Boeing.

Source

AIAA 2008-1899
A Flutter Analysis of a Morphing Aircraft based on a Coplanar, Variable Geometry, Joined Wing
Yurkovich, Rudolph
Retired, Fenton, Missouri, 63026
 

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This is more close to actual Boeing UCAV vehicle shape proposed. Note intake position.
 

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Shot of the NextGen MFX-2

Boeing´s submission here: http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5418.0.html
 

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Hmm, déjà-vu all over again, shades of the Gérin Varivol. I have always thought the earlier Gérin concept, with wings like a airfoil-shaped mast with a retractable ribbed fabric sail, had great promise for light aircraft and UAVs.
 

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Two morphing aircraft patents:

http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=jVCcAAAAEBAJ

http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=Sh-cAAAAEBAJ
 
Hmm, déjà-vu all over again, shades of the Gérin Varivol.

then of course, there's the russian NIAI LIG-7 (RK), and NIAI RK-1

3-views from Gunston's 'Encyclopaedia of Russian Aircraft, RK-1 images from Nemecek's 'Soviet Aircraft from 1918'.

cheers,
Robin.
 

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Both the Russian designs and the Gérin designs seem like great starting points for a light close air support and counterinsurgency aircraft--STOL take-off and landing and high speed. I can already imagine what Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites could do with something like the Russian tandem design and a modern turboprop engine...Quickie's big brother goes to war! ;)
 
Quickie's big brother goes to war!

The only problem is, because of the way the morphing mechanism works, there's no room for underwing stores...

cheers,
Robin.
 
Considering the length of the fuselage I think that here is no need for them. With the fuselage hardpoints you can also play with the center of the gravity and weight distribution. To that time it is great design.
 
Hi,

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20090016348_2009016169.pdf
 

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Hi,

NextGen's shape-changing UAV morphs in flight.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/10/19/218799/nextgens-shape-changing-uav-morphs-in-flight.html
 

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Another morphing wing attempt. There is a link called "web" at the bottom part of the page with some PDF, but I was unable to open it.

http://www.cemr.wvu.edu/research/theses/details.php?id=168
 

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"Morphing wings," because "variable geometry" wing is so old school. It reminds me of when I was in school and we were working on the HSCT, because SST was so '70's. It's a shame our research can't keep up with our acronym generation.
 
Another morphing wing attempt. There is a link called "web" at the bottom part of the page with some PDF, but I was unable to open it.

http://www.cemr.wvu.edu/research/theses/details.php?id=168

The PDF is the full article of which the linked web page is the abstract.

Direct link to PDF here :-

http://wvuscholar.wvu.edu:8881//exlibris/dtl/d3_1/apache_media/13718.pdf


cheers,
Robin.
 

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Matej; You forgot to include the vehicle name with the photo.... I mean having it named the "Droid-of-Death" is funny :)

Randy
 
I think that the third design is unrelated and is there only to illustrate the third high speed/dash configuration. In fact its this: http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4451.msg106812.html#msg106812

But the other two stages of mophing are somehow weird too. For example what is the advantage of having that kind of rounded fuselage, especially in front of the air intake?
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1VZ7HisSik
 
Matej said:
NG concept - I am not sure, how it is supposed to work.
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1885.0.html
 
Unusual looking Morpher from AFRL doc, presumably to dash and then loiter?:

http://www.hpc.msstate.edu/UAS/files/03-Turcotte.pdf
 

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Hi,

here is the Lockheed Martin Shunk Works Advanced
Development Programs ADP.

http://dror-aero.com/ac/morph_wing.pdf
 

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mr_london_247 said:
Unusual looking Morpher from AFRL doc, presumably to dash and then loiter?:

http://www.hpc.msstate.edu/UAS/files/03-Turcotte.pdf

Hmmm...their sense of aesthetics hasn't improved - not that the Lockheed one is a beauty.
 
Morphing Aircraft Systems: Historical Perspectives and Future Challenges

https://www.scribd.com/doc/285819506/Morphing-Aircraft-Systems-Historical-Perspectives-and-Future-Challenges?secret_password=hO1h54pZb6M6acliFSme
 
http://aviationweek.com/MorphingWing?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20161104_AW-05_989&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CPEN1000000230026&utm_campaign=7554&utm_medium=email&elq2=68b7f45cf0c3488da706b2bd237d638e
 
With all that wing morphing and folding, isn't that going to affect internal volume in a negative way? Less room for fuel tank other systems...solve one problem create another? But I see where this is going eventually something that can morph almost like a bird.
 

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