BAE Systems and the University of Manchester have successfully performed first flight trials of Magma small-scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The Phase I trials of the UAV controlled by blown-air system form a part of an ongoing project between the two organisations and a long-term collaboration between industry, academia and the government to develop new flight control technology.
Two technologies, wing circulation control and fluidic thrust vectoring, will be tested on the Magma UAV.
The wing circulation control technology takes air from the aircraft engine and blows it supersonically through the trailing edge of the wing to control the aircraft, while fluidic thrust vectoring uses blown air to deflect the exhaust in order to change the direction of the aircraft.
BAE Systems Engineering Fellow Clyde Warsop said: “The technologies we are developing with the University of Manchester will make it possible to design cheaper, higher performance, next-generation aircraft.
“Our investment in research and development drives continued technological improvements in our advanced military aircraft, helping to ensure UK aerospace remains at the forefront of the industry and that we retain the right skills to design and build the aircraft of the future.”
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