The FlexSys/USAF/NASA Active Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project has been receiving a lot of press lately. We have compiled some of our favorites that best summarize the project.
Professional Pilot Magazine, billed as the magazine for aviation professionals, has one of the most comprehensive features. Beyond explaining the ACTE project, Professional Pilot examines the FlexSys technology behind it.
Like Wilbur Wright and others, FlexSys Founder & CEO Dr Sridhar Kota, a mechanical engineer and inventor of FlexFoil, has long had an appreciation for nature. According to Dr. Kota, "Nature is filled with strong, elegant, shape-shifting mechanisms." In nature, examples of designs that are flexible and yet strong include the wings of birds, the trunk of an elephant or tree branches. By contrast, in human technology most artifacts that are strong are also rigid and stiff with multiple parts and complex assemblies.
The Air Force has released their own article with insights from within their organization.
After seeing a morphing wing demonstration, Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, the AFRL commander, said, “Here’s another example of a successful government research partnership with small business to advance a very exciting aerospace technology for transition.”
NASA has published a couple of articles describing the flight test program in the context of their Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project as well as showcasing the G-III test aircraft as a testbed for other future technologies.
"Armstrong's work with ACTE is a great example of how NASA works with our government and industry partners to develop innovative technologies that make big leaps in efficiency and environmental performance," said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "This is consistent with the agency's goal to support the nation's leadership in the aviation sector."