Albuquerque-based Adherent Technologies Inc. has received a two-year, $600,000 NASA grant for work on inflatable wings for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under Phase II of the space agency’s Small Business Technology Transfer Research program. The UAV inflatable wings are like automobile airbags. When UAV shoots out of a cannon-like device, the lightweight wings pop out and provide increased gliding stability. UAVs with these inflatable wings could eventually be used for exploration of Mars and Venus, as well as for military applications.
October 16th, 2003