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OSU Featured in AIAA Year in Review

Researchers from NASA Ames and Oklahoma State University are working on an online adap- tive Multi-Objective Optimization (MO-Op) flight and wing shaping control technology that could enable aircraft to adapt themselves to changing mission requirements and flight conditions. The goal is to achieve simultaneous control require- ments including adaptive drag optimization, load alleviation, modal suppression, and conventional flight control. This effort is aimed at reducing flight cost in commercial airliners. The adap- tive drag optimization strategy includes using distributed sensors for drag optimization. NASA Ames researchers at AIAA’s 2015 SciTech Forum reported that multi-object flight control simula- tions show a drag reduction of 4-6 percent, which is consistent with previous wind tunnel data.