Airbus is testing an airplane with albatross wings (4 photos + video)

Airbus designers used the ideas borrowed from albatrosses in the design of the new aircraft, with their wide wingspan, changing the geometry depending on the strength and direction of the wind. The Albatross One prototype used not only streamlined silhouettes of the hull to reduce air resistance, but also the changing wing geometry, resembling the flapping of albatross wings. The prototype, which was based on the model of the Airbus A31 airliner in scale, took about 20 months from the engineers. The main feature of the novelty was the original wing design, which varies depending on gusts of wind and turbulence arising. \ A design with variable wing geometry is already used in military aircraft. However, in AlbatrossOne, the position of the wing can be fixed at a particular moment, depending on the air flow surrounding the aircraft. The moving part occupies one third of the entire length of the wing. Testing on the prototype was successful, the plane made several flights, during which the wings were blocked during takeoff or landing. The next step will be to unlock the wings in flight to study the effect of changes in the position of the wings on flight and the load on the aircraft body.

Sam Richards

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