Area-I is working with NASA engineers from Armstrong, Langley and Glenn in addition to Boeing on research to investigate the effects of articulating wings on aircraft performance using advanced actuators. PTERA (Prototype-Technology Evaluation Research Aircraft) is meant for exactly this kind of research. PTERA is a modular aircraft by design and for this project the baseline wings are removed and the Spanwise Adaptive Wings replace them. After integration and flight testing of this new configuration, researchers will be able to compare the performance of the Spanwise Adaptive Wings against the baseline PTERA configuration. In addition to the aerodynamic performance, engineers will learn and be able to test control architecture in flight for this project. For more detailed information, please click the links below to read the articles.