SPOTTED: Joined-wing UAV with … detachable UCAVs?

The AIAA has posted a remarkable Powerpoint briefing by Charles Harris, head of the research directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center. Not only does Harris reveal the first known image of Boeing’s next-generation narrowbody (slide 7), which my colleague Jon Ostrower de-constructs on FlightBlogger. Harris also reveals an image (slide 6) I’ve never seen before of a US Navy concept for a very new kind of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It seems to combine elements of the old joined-wing SensorCraft idea with … detachable UCAV’s on each wing-tip? You be the judge. But definitely check out Harris’ full brief on the future of aircraft structures. You’ll be Googling boron nitride nanotubes all weekend.


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