Blended Wing Body Project
The blended-wing-body project involves the development of a large commercial
aircraft concept, capable of carrying 800+ passengers. Our work involves
multidisciplinary optimization of the design as well as analytic and experimental
studies of stability and control using small-scale flight research vehicles.
- The BWB-17 construction is complete and constrained vehicle tests are
underway. The figure below shows the flight control testbed at Moffett
Field (along with a wee version of Mark Page).
- Here is another view of the BWB-17 taxiing at Moffett Federal Airfield
- The first six-foot model flew successfully on 8/10/95. Here is a very
short (1.3M) quicktime video clip of the flight as
a glider. The first powered flight on 8/12/95 was also a great success.
(Most of the following files are available only to BWB team members.)
Last Update 8/14/95