Boeing‘s Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary, Lockheed Martin and Georgia Tech Research Corp. have received separate contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to explore active flow control approaches for X-plane development.
All three contractors will aim to provide conceptual AFC designs for phase 0 of the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors program, DARPA said Monday.
The agency defines AFC as a technology that uses energy to actively manage an aircraft’s aerodynamic activity. CRANE will explore this approach with the exclusion of already-tested techniques such as those that rely on traditional control tools.
“AFC has been explored at a component level, but not as an integral piece of aircraft design,” said Alexander Walan, a DARPA program manager.
“By altering the design approach, CRANE seeks to maximize the chance of a successful X-plane development while also integrating AFC into the aircraft's stability and control,” he added.