NASA turns to memory alloys for folding wings

NASA used a remotely-controlled flight testbed called Prototype Technology-Evaluation Research Aircraft, or PTERA, to test the ...

NASA sees folding wings as a key aeronautical technology for the aircraft of tomorrow, and to make it practical, the space agency is looking to a cutting edge, lightweight memory alloy. Developed for the Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) project, the new alloy allows an aircraft’s wing and control surfaces to change their shape in flight without heavy hydraulic systems.

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