BAE Systems’ MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recently completed a series of ground-breaking flight trials above the skies of north-west Wales, demonstrating two innovative flow control technologies that could revolutionize future aircraft design. Called “Flap-free flight,” this replaces moving surfaces with a simpler ‘blown air’ solution, which in turn improves an aircraft’s stealthiness as they reduce the number of gaps and edges that currently make them observable on radar. Read more for a video and additional information.
“Fewer moving parts means less open seams on the body of the aircraft, which helps to increase its stealthiness. As a result, the military will undoubtedly be the first to adopt technology like this, but that will help hasten the research and development so that it will hopefully start showing up on commercial aircraft and making air travel just a little safer,” reports Gizmodo.