Artist's rendering of X-56A MUTT package, consisting of the aircraft with three additional wing sets and a second fuselage/mid-body (center), flanked by the ground control station on the left and the air vehicle storage/transport trailer on the right (Image: AFRL/Lockheed Martin)
Artist's rendering of X-56A MUTT aircraft (Image: AFRL/Lockheed Martin)
Computer image of the X-56A unmanned modular aircraft that NASA will use to test enabling technologies for new kinds of lightweight, energy-efficient, flexible aircraft (Image: U.S. Air Force)
NASA has announced it will use a modular, unmanned flight research vehicle being built by Lockheed Martin for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to test enabling technologies for new kinds of lightweight, energy-efficient, flexible aircraft. The small aircraft, dubbed the X-56A, will be used to explore ways to suppress vibrations and alleviate the load on flexible aircraft from wind gusts and atmospheric turbulence.
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