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Development of Mission Adaptive Digital Composite Aerostructure Technologies (MADCAT)This paper reviews the development of the Mission Adaptive Digital Composite Aerostructures Technologies (MADCAT) v0 demonstrator aircraft, utilizing a novel aerostructure concept that combines advanced composite materials manufacturing and fabrication technologies with a discrete construction approach to achieve high stiffness-to-density ratio ultra-light aerostructures that provide versatility and adaptability. This revolutionary aerostructure concept has the potential to change how future air vehicles are designed, built, and flown, with dramatic reductions in weight and manufacturing complexity the number of types of structural components needed to build air vehicles while enabling new mission objectives. We utilize the innovative digital composite materials and discrete construction technologies to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed aerostructure concept, by building and testing a scaled prototype UAV, MADCAT v0. This paper presents an overview of the design and development of the MADCAT v0 flight demonstrator.
Document ID
20170006192
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Cheung, Kenneth (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Cellucci, Daniel (Cornell Univ. NY, United States)
Copplestone, Grace (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Cramer, Nick (SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Fusco, Jesse (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Jenett, Benjamin (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Kim, Joseph (SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Mazhari, Alex (Millennium Engineering and Integration Co. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Trinh, Greenfield (SGT, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Swei, Sean (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
July 7, 2017
Publication Date
June 5, 2017
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
ARC-E-DAA-TN42489
Meeting Information
2017 AIAA AVIATION Forum(Denver, CO)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNA13AC87C
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX13AL39H
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX14AM40H
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX14AG47A
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNA14AA60C
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Digital composite
aerostructure
twist wing

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