Scientists Develop Flapless Sealth Drones For the Military

Scientists Develop Flapless Sealth Drones For the Military

A team of NATO experts is developing new technology that will make military aircraft less detectable. Most forms of aircraft need actuators (vertical and horizontal flaps) to enable flight and control. The technology being developed leaves these flaps redundant in certain phases of flight, replacing them with an active flow control system using air to help manoeuvre the aircraft. The research into innovative control effectors, or ICE, is being carried out by a NATO task group under NATO’s Science and Technology Organization, which includes representatives from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Lockheed Martin. The first model of the ICE aircraft was made in 2015, measuring just 28 centimetres in wingspan. It has since undergone numerous rounds of testing in a wind tunnel at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. Footage includes various shots of NATO experts working on, and testing, a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

13 Comments

  1. Nostalgia 29 on July 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    The flaps were still functional on it though. So it technically wasn’t a flapless drone. But. You stayed on subject so it’s not technically click bait either

  2. SgtPom83 (red shirt gamer) on July 1, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Sure as heck looks like it has flaps….2 of them at the back 🤔

  3. Guru Xara on July 1, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Probably Engineers and not "Scientists".

  4. idk idk on July 1, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Sealth r yu sure

  5. Nick Mantel on July 1, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Imagine how much cool shit we would have if we didn’t dedicate billions of dollars to developing army tech like this…….

  6. Chris Steiger on July 1, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I seen one of these where I live… Flying kinda low at night.

  7. MrStreaty122 on July 1, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    So it looks like they’re using the compressed air coming into the engine for their directed flow control surfaces. All they really need is good valves and digital controls. Looks like they still have two elevons for low speed maneuvering (plus as failsafe) that get switched off at high speeds (nearing top speed for this model whatever that is) in favor of the directed flow controls. That honestly makes a ton of sense when you’re traveling at high speeds. Even the slightest slop in the elevon mechanism at high speed could cause the craft to shake, which could create a feedback loop and result in complete loss of control, it could make adjusting trim difficult, or, if we’re talking supersonic speeds on a full scale model, if they’re not designed properly could rip the elevons right off and destroy the craft. Having a completely internalized method to control the craft like this is a great idea. It also looks like they were just testing the directed flow surfaces as ailerons.I’m sure they’ve already figured out that they need at least one more flow surface to make the craft fully capable on just flow controls

  8. Goe biden on July 1, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Air pump

  9. Jerald on July 1, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Hmmm did he mean make something less complex more??? And oh yeah… That’s barely controlle in flight… 🤔

  10. jordabox ⦔ on July 1, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Lmao it has 2 huge flaps there

  11. Navoii Gamer on July 1, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    ah yes, my favorite type of plane: sealth bombers

  12. Ace Gibson on July 1, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    If you launched this from Florida, could it make it to Columbia? How much payload can it hold? asking for a friend.

  13. Sage on July 1, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Man, "Sealth" drones are so amazing.

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