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The demonstrator experiment separates from its aircraft during a flight conducted by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards California.

NASA/Tom Tschida2001-04-25

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The deployable, inflatable wing technology demonstrator experiment separates from its carrier aircraft during a flight conducted by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The inflatable wing project represented a basic flight research effort by Dryden personnel.
Three successful flights of the I2000 inflatable wing aircraft occurred. During the flights, the team air-launched the radio-controlled (R/C) I2000 from an R/C utility airplane at an altitude of 800-1000 feet.

As the I2000 separated from the carrier aircraft, its inflatable wings "popped-out," deploying rapidly via an on-board nitrogen bottle. The aircraft remained stable as it transitioned from wingless to winged flight. The unpowered I2000 glided down to a smooth landing under complete control.

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  • Title: The demonstrator experiment separates from its aircraft during a flight conducted by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards California.
  • Creator: NASA/Tom Tschida
  • Date Created: 2001-04-25
  • Location: AFRC
  • Owner: AFRC
  • Album: mgmurph1
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