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An overview of aeroelasticity studies for the National Aero-Space PlaneThe National Aero-Space Plane (NASP), or X-30, is a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle that is designed to takeoff and land on conventional runways. Research in aeroelasticity was conducted by the NASA and the Wright Laboratory to support the design of a flight vehicle by the national contractor team. This research includes the development of new computational codes for predicting unsteady aerodynamic pressures. In addition, studies were conducted to determine the aerodynamic heating effects on vehicle aeroelasticity and to determine the effects of fuselage flexibility on the stability of the control systems. It also includes the testing of scale models to better understand the aeroelastic behavior of the X-30 and to obtain data for code validation and correlation. This paper presents an overview of the aeroelastic research which has been conducted to support the airframe design.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Ricketts, Rodney H.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Noll, Thomas E.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Whitlow, Woodrow, Jr.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Huttsell, Lawrence J.
(USAF, Wright Lab. Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: AIAA(ASME)ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA/ASME Adaptive Structures Forum, La Jolla, CA, Apr. 19-22, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 1 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1313
Accession Number
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