Available Technology

Dragless flight control system for flying objects

The Dragless Flight Control System for Flying Objects utilizes paired fins that are mounted to rotate in opposite directions. When no lift is desired during the object's flight, the fins are completely retracted into their housings that are recessed into the body of the object. This minimizes the drag. The fins are set to a maximum no-stall angle relative to the body axis of the flying object. To provide lift and other flight controls, such as roll and yaw, the fins are selectively exposed outside the exterior skin of the flying object by being rotated on their axes, the two fins in a pair always being rotated in opposite directions. Varying the amount of exposed area of the counter-rotating fins can generate lift effect that is proportional to the exposed area and similar to that produced by the current, permanently-extended standard rotational fins.

Daniel F. Lawless

Patent Number: 
Patent Issue Date: 
December 22, 2005
(256) 876-3552
Lab Representatives
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google Plus Share to Linkedin