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Lockheed L-1011 Test Station on-board in support of the Adaptive Performance Optimization flight research experiment Lockheed L-1011 Test Station on-board in support of the Adaptive Performance Optimization flight research experiment

Photo Number: EC97-44012-1
Photo Date: Apr 1997

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Description: This console and its compliment of computers, monitors and commmunications equipment make up the Research Engineering Test Station, the nerve center for a new aerodynamics experiment being conducted by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

The equipment was installed on a modified Lockheed L-1011 Tristar jetliner operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., of Dulles, Va., for Dryden's Adaptive Performance Optimization project. The experiment sought to improve the efficiency of long-range jetliners by using small movements of the ailerons to improve the aerodynamics of the wing at cruise conditions. About a dozen research flights in the Adaptive Performance Optimization project were planned over two to three years. Improving the aerodynamic efficiency should result in equivalent reductions in fuel usage and costs for airlines operating large, wide-bodied jetliners.


Keywords: Lockheed; L-1011; Jetstar; Adaptive Performance Optimization; Orbital Sciences Corporation; Research Engineering Test Station


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