Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $12,127,144 modification to exercise Phase 1 option of the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program, a U.S. DoD release said.
The CRANE program aims to develop and flight test a novel X-plane that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration. It is a program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Active flow control could improve aircraft performance by removing jointed surfaces, which currently drive design configurations that increase weight and mechanical complexity. Demonstrating AFC for stability and control in-flight would help open the design trade space for future military and commercial applications.