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Simulated passenger aircraft of the future

The German Aerospace Center has been performing flight tests to simulate and study the flight characteristics of large 'flying wing' configurations to prepare for future aircraft designs. These have been tested and evaluated using DLR's Advanced Technologies Testing Aircraft System (ATTAS) research aircraft.
Although the pilot is flying an aircraft resembling a small passenger plane, it feels like he is sitting in an aircraft with the fuselage and wings blended into a single entity. In addition to conventional mechanical flight controls, ATTAS is also equipped with an electrical flight control system. This allows the researchers to intervene in the flight control system using special hardware and software and give ATTAS the flight characteristics and performance of an entirely different aircraft.
“With its special control technology, ATTAS can behave like other aircrafts while in the air,” said Dirk Leisling, a researcher at the DLR Institute of Flight Systems. “This gives us the opportunity to simulate aircraft that do not even exist yet, and to see where we still need to make improvements.”
 


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