Doug has been recently working on a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) contract to invent better morphing wing aircraft. 2,000 lb UAV's like the Predator - but doing a lot more than simple retractable flaps and leading edge slats to enable them to loiter efficiently doing surveillance over a location for 10 hours than after sensing & confirming the bad guys, be able to dash down at Mach 0.9 and pull 4 to 5 g maneuvers. Saves calling in the F-16 jocks and waiting 20 minutes for them to arrive.
Dr. Terry Weisshaar ( http://www.darpa.mil/dso/thrust/matdev/mas.htm ) DARPA's Morphing Aircraft Program Manager, sent me an EMail in May of 2003 - "Doug, I need you!". Terry was looking for some notional concepts that would be "different" that what the large aerospace were providing him.
Malewicki decided it would be more efficient to build and fly several Radio Control morphing models to demonstrate possible performance enhancements and morphing mechanism functions. Such results would be more substantial than just doing theoretical performance analysis or attempting to get wind tunnel time for instrumented models. Doug made one trip to Washington, DC in July 2003 that same month, he was the plenary speaker for the Morphing Aircraft Structures Conference in San Diego.
UMAAV (Unmanned Morphing Aerial Attack Vehicle) Morphing configurations Loiter mode Fast Cruise mode High Speed Dash/Attack
Ducted fan vectored thrust
Watch the official Droid of Death Mission Video by Brad T. Bowman ©2003-2004 (Very cool and explosive!!)
- Turn up the volume!!
Four basic configurations were invented and investigated. These were named: Morphosaurus, The Morphinator, The Droid of Death and Firefly.
Morphosaurus The Morphinator The Firefly
Douglas J. Malewicki, AeroVisions, Inc., P. O. Box 1822, Newport Beach, California 92663
You can EMail Doug at: DMalewicki at CanoSOARus.com (replace "at" with the @ symbol)