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Aeroelastic wing shaping using distributed propulsion

An aircraft has wings configured to twist during flight. Inboard and outboard propulsion devices, such as turbofans or other propulsors, are connected to each wing, and are spaced along the wing span. A flight controller independently controls thrust of the inboard and outboard propulsion devices to significantly change flight dynamics, including changing thrust of outboard propulsion devices to twist the wing, and to differentially apply thrust on each wing to change yaw and other aspects of the aircraft during various stages of a flight mission. One or more generators can be positioned upon the wing to provide power for propulsion devices on the same wing, and on an opposite wing.
Inventors: 

Nhan T. Nguyen, Eric B. Ting, Kevin Wayne Reynolds

Patent Number: 
US9751614
Patent Issue Date: 
October 5, 2017
Agency
NASA
Region
Far West
State: 
California
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