Aviation Week announced the winners of their 56th Annual Laureate Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in aviation, aerospace, and defense at an awards banquet on March 7, 2013 in Washington D.C. The Speed Agile Powered-Lift System Concept Demonstration Team was honored as the recipient of the 2013 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Aeronautics and Propulsion category. A summary of the team’s accomplishments were printed in Aviation Week magazine as follows: “Over a decade, culminating in 2012 with a large-scale wind-tunnel demonstration, the Speed Agile Powered-Lift Demonstration Team — the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with NASA, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin — collaboratively developed a revolutionary approach to airlifter design that combines short-takeoff-and-landing utility with airliner-class cruise efficiency.”
BACKGROUND: NASA Ames works in collaboration with the U.S Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and other NASA centers to develop and test new technologies in airlifter design. NASA Ames researchers provided guidance to the AFRL during the initial formulation of the team, supported the large-scale wind tunnel tests in the National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex, supported a piloted simulation in the Vertical Motion Simulator, and matured multiple control technologies towards the success of the vehicle concept.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Subsonic Fixed Wing project, Fundamental Aeronautics Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
Contact: Diana Acosta