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OSU Featured in AIAA Year in Review

Researchers from NASA Ames and Oklahoma State University are working on an online adaptive 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 requirements 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.