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Inflatable Wing Technology Demonstrator

Second Test Flight of the Inflatable Wing Technology Demonstrator at Edwards Air Force Base

Movie Number   EM-0080-02
Movie Date   May 7, 2001
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320x240 QuickTime Movie (3.4 MB)
480x360 QuickTime Movie (5.1 MB)
640x480 QuickTime Movie (8.5 MB)
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This 48 second movie clip shows the second test flight of the Inflatable Wing Technology Demonstrator at Edwards Air Force Base.

The deployable, inflatable wing technology demonstrator experiment represented a basic flight research effort by Dryden personnel.

Three successful flights of the I2000 inflatable wing aircraft occurred. During the flights, the team air-launched the radio-controlled (R/C) I2000 from an R/C utility airplane at an altitude of 800-1000 feet.

As the I2000 separated from the carrier aircraft, its inflatable wings "popped-out," deploying rapidly via an on-board nitrogen bottle. The aircraft remained stable as it transitioned from wingless to winged flight. The unpowered I2000 glided down to a smooth landing under complete control.

Keywords   inflatable wing; technology demonstrator; deployable; NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
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