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FACE OF DEFENSE: New stealth drone has no moving surfaces at all

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LONDON – BAE Systems has unveiled a new aircraft design that could be a major advance in stealth technology. The new MAGMA drone does away with aircraft control surfaces, resulting in an aircraft whose shape remains constant throughout its entire flight. Popular Mechanics reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 Dec. 2017 -- The small demonstration unmanned aircraft, which has completed a successful first flight, uses blown air to change direction instead of complex mechanical controls.

Most airplanes look unmoving in flight, like a wing hanging off a giant tube plowing through the sky. Look more closely however and you’ll see smaller parts of the airplane frequently moving to control the direction of the aircraft.

Conventional aircraft use a system of elevators, rudders, and ailerons to control their direction in the pitch, (up and down) yaw (left to right), and roll directions. These mechanical devices are usually in the shape of control surfaces attached to the rear of the wing, horizontal, and vertical stabilizers and are controlled by the pilot—or sometimes an onboard flight computer.